Gates of hell.....
Three SS officers—Richard Baer (commandant of Auschwitz), Dr. Josef Mengele, and Rudolf Hess (the former Auschwitz commandant)—socialize on the grounds of the SS retreat of Solahuette outside of Auschwitz. Photographs from this time period (June 1944 to January 1945) coincided with the deaths of 400,000 Hungarian Jews.
A group of female survivors of Auschwitz-Birkenau trudge through the snow as they depart from the camp through the main gate. The women have rid themselves of their prison uniforms and taken clothes from the burning storage houses. The image is a still from film taken by Henryk Makarewicz, who was a cameraman in the Polish Berling Army when it entered the camp in January 1945.
On Jan. 27, 1945, Soviet soldiers liberated the Nazi concentration camp at Auschwitz. Photos and videos taken by the soldiers confirmed the reports of the atrocities that had taken place. Some of those photos, as well as a selection taken by Nazis stationed at the camp, have been provided by the United States Holocaust Museum. This photo captures women in the barracks of the newly liberated Auschwitz concentration camp.