Jews of Thessaloniki, Greece line up for registration and assignment to hard labor, July 1942. Under a burning sun, thousands of men were kept doing calisthenics and other "exercises" by their German overlords. Very few of the people in this photo survived the war; by 1944, the entire Jewish population had been deported to Auschwitz and gassed on arrival.
The Women's (or Girl's) Orchestra of Auschwitz perform in 1943. Formed by Maria Mandel, the Women's Orchestra of Auschwitz had several tasks: to welcome new inmates to Birkenau (and so mask the true nature of the camp), to accompany selections, to march the prisoners to work, and to entertain the SS. (on a birthday or other celebration). Occasionally (for propaganda purposes) they were permitted to perform for other prisoners. In Nov 1944, the Orchestra were sent to Bergen-Belsen in…
Lodz, Poland, Repository of torn sacred books and religious artifacts in the cemetery. Baruch Preshker (a high ranking official at the ghetto administration and a prominent member of the Zionist committee) established a religious artifacts repair workshop, where jobs were given to people who were previously respected Hassidim. Religious artifacts were brought to this workshop from nearby Jewish communities that ceased to exist .
Andrée Geulen. Bélgica. La profesora que salvó a cientos de niños. En 1989, Andrée Geulen fue reconocida "Justo entre las Naciones" y 18 de abril de 2007 recibió la ciudadanía honoraria de Israel en una ceremonia en Yad Vashem. Al aceptar estos reconocimientos, Andrea Geulen dijo: "Sólo cumplí con mi deber. Desobedecer las órdenesr las leyes de la época era lo que había que hacer. "