What we stand for

KL Auschwitz played a significant role in Nazi Germany’s “Final Solution” to its self-imposed and imagined “Jewish Problem.”: The Final Solution sought nothing less than the wholesale murder of the Jewish people in Nazi-occupied Europe as well as in areas assumed to be conquered later.

According to the United States Holocaust Museum, up to six million Jews were killed before the end of the Second World War. The Nazis murdered 1,100,000 of these Jews in the gas chambers of Auschwitz II- Birkenau. The Holocaust not only resulted in the murderous end of these lives—it resulted in the loss of countless future generations of Jews.

While the Jews were first priority of the Nazis, the Holocaust was also part of a larger Nazi genocidal project targeting other groups as well. 74,000 Polish non-Jews were murdered at Auschwitz (3 million killed in total). 21,000 Roma, 15,000 Soviet prisoners of war were also murdered along with at least 12,000 victims of other nationalities. These numbers also include homosexuals, Jehovah’s Witnesses, and political prisoners. In fact, of the approximately 1.3 million individuals deported to the camp, an astonishing 1.1 million did not survive.

Through Faces of Auschwitz, we mourn and honor the suffering and murder of all Nazi victims at the camp.

The project has no political message beyond the awareness of the horrors of genocide.

Moreover, we privilege no one victim group over another but rather seem to tell the stories of many different victims and survivors of the camp, regardless of background, ethnicity, or beliefs. Any other approach would do a disservice to the victims, survivors, and all seeking to hear their stories and take warning from them.

6 thoughts on “What we stand for

  1. Hi,

    I think it’s wonderful the work you currently doing, to remember hose who passed away by such horrendous acts of war. I’m currently reading x2 books of the diary of Anne Frank, as it’s both a sad story and a good story. As despite Anne passing away also in one of the camps, her father survived the war and didn’t die until much later. Which is a small miracle in itself.

    Here in Wellington, New Zealand. I visited an exhibition on her life, but it wasn’t as elaborate as I’d hoped.

  2. Top quality photo colouration lends living immediacy to the images. We can see ourselves in these faces, feel a fragment of the fear, confusion, and despair. You are making a wonderful teaching resource with greater accessibility for young people today.

  3. Hello,
    Much appreciation for your work. My great-grandfather was murdered (as POW) in one of the concentration camps. I am still checking with various organizations on what happened to him, but the feedback is very slow… Maybe one day I can share his story too.
    I hope your initiative increases awareness and helps us retrieve and honor the memory of those lost.

  4. I think it’s wonderful what you’re doing and it gives these victims a voice. Your project allows these people to step away from the statistics and become actual people. Continue the great work!

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