Most of these haunting black-and-white images of horror were captured by the Nazis in an attempt to memorialize the inhuman acts they committed against so many men, women, and children ... revealing what horrors humans can inflict upon each other in the name of ideology. Most are shocking and disturbing. However, there are also images of hope, those photographs taken by soldiers as they liberated concentration camps and found survivors ... revealing a triumph of the human spirit against sheer evil.


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*Chart to describe Nuremberg Laws, 1935. The "Nuremberg Laws" established a pseudo-scientific basis for racial identification. Only people with four German grandparents (four white circles in top row left) were of "German blood". A Jew is someone who descends from three or four Jewish grandparents (black circles in top row right). In the middle stood people of "mixed blood" of the "first or second degree." A Jewish grandparent was defined as a person who is or was a member of a Jewish religious community. Also includes a list of allowed marriages ("Ehe gestattet") and forbidden marriages ("Ehe verboten").