Bearing Witness to the Holocaust: Jews Forced by Nazis to Scrub a Street in Vienna

Nazis in Vienna force Jews to scrub a street as non-Jewish spectators look on:

Source: U.S. Holocaust Museum. Photograph is in the public domain.

About Santi Tafarella

I teach writing and literature at Antelope Valley College in California.
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12 Responses to Bearing Witness to the Holocaust: Jews Forced by Nazis to Scrub a Street in Vienna

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  2. Speaker says:

    This whole thing was just horrible. A lot of Germans still agree with what Hitler did. I’m German and I just want to say that I’m not one of them.

  3. santitafarella says:


    Thanks for standing up and expressing yourself against contemporary antisemitism. People need to speak, and not be silent.


    • Speaker says:

      But we can’t change the past. What happened is done.

      I believe that war is human nature. There isn’t much we can do to prevent this kind of thing from happening. Humans have been killing ever since we disovered the might of sticks and stones. The human race has a never-ending supply of brutality. We will kill until we become the very thing dinosaurs are today… history.

  4. santitafarella says:


    I reject your pessimism. The present doesn’t have to be like the past.


  5. Anonymous says:

    the holocaust in itself was not a war, it was genocide.. which isn’t something I’d be so quick to look upon as inevitable

  6. sally says:

    i agree we shouldnt have to put up with the negitivity that so many people go through just to wait for some one to put us through

  7. j says:

    while u read this….same thing going on in places like Darfur. history repeats its self and we have not learned anything. where are the people of Africa proper aid? If all the time, money, and thought was put forth like as seen with ww2 genocide, we might actually slow down if not stop it in Africa….. we could get some where. till their is actual recognition, we as humans have not learned anything but to stand and watch just like these people in the photograph.

  8. Britney says:

    I believe that people should speak how they feel to the world so everyone knows. The holocaust was the worst thing that could of of had ever happened. People say that everything happens for a reason but this was just horrible. People getting taken from their homes and family and seperated from their brothers and sisters at that. my teacher started reading us the book by: (Elie Wiseal) and, its the most saddest thing i have ever heard

  9. sanoop says:

    how could somebody ever do this to another human being? how could so so so many people loose heart and become such grotesque forms of evil? and why did the world back did’nt do anything to help the Jews, should’nt the ones who could help should have helped? Human being punished for being Jews, could they see they were human beings first? I have no words…. Salute to every Jew DOA, i did not why it happened ? but it should not have happened and never ever should such hate crime ever be allowed to even minutely surface…

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