WARNING: Some images may be disturbing
May 21, 1945, Germany. The Jewish Brigade with trucks from the Beriha Movement. The Jewish Brigade was a unit in the British Army of more than 5,000 Jewish volunteers from Palestine. Formed in September 1944, the Jewish Brigade helped liberate Italy in 1945. Members of the Jewish Brigade went to work in the DP camps, helping in survivors' rehabilitation and in organizing the flight of Jewish refugees from eastern Europe and their clandestine entry into Palestine as part of the Beriha movement.
If there's one thing Sara Ginaite-Rubinson, 85. is adamant about, it's that she is not a hero. As a Holocaust survivor and part of an anti-Nazi resistant group, she's often classified as a hero. "I don't think a survivor is a hero. A hero is a person who tried and didn't survive. To survive was accidental; it was pure luck. This is the reality of the Holocaust," she recalls.
The end of World War II brought a baby boom to many countries, including the USA. Returning G.I.s were getting married, starting families, pursuing higher education and buying their first homes. With veteran’s benefits, the twenty-somethings found new homes in planned communities on the outskirts of American cities. Hardened by the Great Depression, now thriving on the American Dream, life was simple, jobs were plentiful, and a record number of babies were born.
In this famous photograph, Dr Fritz Klein is standing in a mass grave at Bergen-Belsen concentration camp; his main duty was the selection of prisoners to be sent into the gas chambers. From 1942-1944 transport trains delivered Jews, Romani, people with disabilities, Soviet war prisoners, homosexuals, Jehovah's Witnesses and other political and religious opponents to “forced labor camps”.