The harrowing images of the Holocaust have been colored to show the true horrors of World War II and to make the deniers of genocide "see more closely the barbarity they defend."
In the series of shots, hungry children can be seen praying for food in the Warsaw ghetto and the bodies of the prisoners in the Buchenwald concentration camp are seen by US Senator Alben W. Barkley, a member of a committee that investigates the Nazi atrocities.
Other shocking images show piles of gold alliances taken by the guards and the exhumed bodies of 30 Jewish women are lined up while German citizens are forced to walk.
The original black and white photographs were colored by Joel Bellviure, 17, who lives in Spain.
It shows hungry children begging in the ghetto of Warsaw, Poland. The heart-wrenching image was taken by the German soldier Heinz Joest during a day of leave for his birthday on September 19, 1941. The Warsaw ghetto was the most prominent German ghetto in Europe, created after the conquest of Poland in the fall of 1940. 400,000 Jews moved from their homes to live under strict surveillance, with an average of nine people in each room
Sen. Alben W. Barkley, a member of a committee investigating Nazi atrocities, observes a pile of corpses at the Buchenwald concentration camp in Weimar, Germany, on April 24, 1945. Later, Barkley became vice president of the United States under Harry S. Truman. Thanks to the numbers tattooed for the first time, one of the victims has been identified as Leb Katz (1906-1945)
He said he did the project to fight the Holocaust deniers and to show that even seventy years in "the essence of evil will never evolve."
Mr. Bellviure said: "First, because of the denial, all this time, the Holocaust has been abused both by academic history and by cinema and popular culture.
"The lack of a true integral history and the search for answers to a catastrophe that killed more than ten million innocent people, including at least five million Jews, has given way to denial, which questions the previous numbers in an interested way. or even the Holocaust itself
"They refer to themselves as 'revisionists', although they violate any historical method and their only objective is hatred, perhaps these images make them see more closely the barbarity they defend.
& # 39; The other group of people they target are those who insist that the Holocaust must remain black and white.
"Although I understand this last opinion, I totally oppose it, the Holocaust was something that happened, and it happened in color.
"A colored image of the Holocaust can create an awareness that, despite being seventy years old, the essence of evil will never evolve, that death does not need to be idealized because it is black and white."
US soldiers forced German civilians from the town of Volary to pass in front of the exhumed bodies of 30 Jewish women starved by SS troops during a 300-mile march from the Helmbrechts concentration camp in Czechoslovakia. The women had been buried in shallow graves in Volary, and the bodies were exhumed by German civilians who worked under the direction of the medical staff of the 5th Infantry Division, to be reburied in a local cemetery. The image is dated May 1945
Prisoners on the left were held in subfields near the town of Ampfing and photographed on May 4, 1945 after being released by US Third Army troops. UU They were housed in barracks partially submerged in the ground with roofs covered with earth designed to camouflage the Allied air reconnaissance structures. In the right picture are the members of the 42nd Rainbow Division of the 7th US Army. UU., That discovered a car transporting people to the horrors of Dachau, on April 30, 1945. The liberation followed retaliation by Dachau, a series of incidents in which German prisoners the war was killed by American soldiers
The Holocaust was a genocide during the Second World War in which Nazi Germany, with the help of its collaborators, systematically murdered approximately six million European Jews, about two thirds of the Jewish population of Europe, between 1941 and 1945.
The Jews were targeted for extermination as part of a larger event, which involved the persecution and murder of other groups by the regime, including Roma, ethnic Poles and the "incurably ill", as well as political opponents, homosexuals , Jehovah's Witnesses, and Soviet Prisoners of War.
Germany implemented the persecution in stages. After Adolf Hitler's rise to power in 1933, the government passed laws to exclude Jews from civil society, especially the Nuremberg Laws in 1935.
Beginning in 1933, the Nazis built a network of concentration camps in Germany for political opponents and people considered "undesirable". After the invasion of Poland in 1939, the regime established ghettos to segregate the Jews. More than 42,000 camps, ghettos and other places of detention were established.
The deportation of Jews to the ghettos culminated in the policy of extermination that the Nazis called the "Final solution to the Jewish question", discussed by senior Nazi officials at the Wannsee Conference in Berlin in January 1942.
When the German forces captured territories in the east, all the anti-Jewish measures were radicalized.
In the picture are some of the thousands of wedding rings that the Nazis took from their victims to rescue the gold, in a cave near the Buchenwald concentration camp, Germany. US troops UU They found rings, watches, precious stones, glasses and gold fillings extracted from the inmates on May 5, 1945.
Prisoner no. 40472 of the concentration camp of Auschwitz, identified as Michaø Liborski. Other sources point to Liborski's number as 20909, and tell us that he was born in Czernice on September 14, 1914 and died on April 15, 1942, so he was less than 28 years old when these images were taken by Wilhelm Brasse. SS personnel ordered Brasse to photograph the prisoners for their files, taking up to 50,000 identity photos between 1940 and 1945
Executions of Jews by the mobile extermination units of the German army, the Einsatzgruppen, after having dug their own graves, near Ivangorod, Ukraine, 1942. This photo was sent from the Eastern Front to Germany and intercepted in a Warsaw office by a member of the Polish Resistance collects documentation on Nazi war crimes
Under the coordination of the SS, with instructions from the highest leadership of the Nazi Party, the killings were committed within Germany itself, throughout Germany occupied by Germans and in all territories controlled by the Axis powers.
Paramilitary units called Einsatzgruppen murdered around 1.3 million Jews in mass shootings between 1941 and 1945. By mid-1942, victims were expelled from the ghettos on sealed freight trains to extermination camps where, if they survived the trip, they were killed in gas chambers. .
The killing continued until the end of World War II in Europe in April-May 1945.
"These are a small sample of the brutality and death that the Nazi regime unleashed between 1939 and 1945," Joel added.
"The images are difficult, but they must be seen to understand what happened in those years so close to us."
"I tried to show each of the aspects of the Holocaust, representing not very well known aspects, such as the mobile platoons, which were responsible for an immense percentage of the Shoah, the subfields or the theft of rings extracted from the prisoners.
"Even so, many minorities are missing, such as the disabled, homosexuals or Spanish Republican exiles.
"I do not have any personal or family relationship with the Holocaust, but I believe that both the dead and the murderers were united by the same thing, that is, that we are all human beings and this helps me understand that at any moment we can and do victims to executioners.
"The Holocaust and the Second World War have taught us many morals, but we have refused to listen to them, and now we continue to wander through the deserts of barbarism hitting us again and again."