Bearing Witness to the Holocaust: A Color Photo, Made by an American Soldier in 1945, of Prisoner Clothing Hung Before the Crematoria Doors at Dachau

The photograph was taken by American Colonel Alexander Zabin in May, 1945. According to the U.S Holocaust Museum archive description of the photo, Col. Zabin “had landed in Normandy on the day after D-day and moved with the Third Army through France, Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany, and Czechoslovakia.”

Dachau is in Germany (Bavaria).

Source: U.S. Holocaust Museum Photo Archive

About Santi Tafarella

I teach writing and literature at Antelope Valley College in California.
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7 Responses to Bearing Witness to the Holocaust: A Color Photo, Made by an American Soldier in 1945, of Prisoner Clothing Hung Before the Crematoria Doors at Dachau

  1. furtherglory says:

    Those are not “crematoria doors” in the photo. They are doors into two of the four disinfection chambers in the Baracke X building at Dachau. Prisoner clothing was put on hangers and then hung from a rod on the ceiling of the disinfection chamber. Zyklon-B pellets were then poured into the room to kill the lice in the clothing. The crematory ovens were also in the Baracke X building but the door to the crematorium did not have a skull and cross bones on it. The disinfection chambers had a warning on the door because Zyklon-B is a poison gas.

  2. furtherglory says:

    Sorry, but I don’t know that you mean by FAIL. Is this an abbreviation for something?

  3. josey!!! says:

    this is dumb

  4. josey!!! says:

    fail is kind of like you FAILED…how dumb can some people be god i mean really or what does your version of FAIL

  5. a mysterios man says:

    wat is behind those doors the ones with skulls on them. this is funny how old r u…. if you are at least 10 and you dont now wat fail means then you are very very very very very dumb….now here is part of a song i like to call this war is ours “through the fire and the flames a sea of dead drives men in sain, we march the fight into the cold, this is as far as it will go, the battle ends on top of here, this is were we concer fear, on black out armed with are swords this war is ours ya!!!!!THIS WAR IS OURS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!” (that was all screamed)

  6. bob says:

    dis is cool

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