World War II: The Holocaust in Photos

This photo provided by Paris’ Holocaust Memorial shows a German soldier shooting a Ukrainian Jew during a mass execution in Vinnytsia, Ukraine, sometime between 1941 and 1943 and it is part of the World War II Holocaust photo post over at The Atlantic. This image is titled “The last Jew in Vinnitsa”, the text that was written on the back of the photograph, which was found in a photo album belonging to a German soldier.

If you can believe it, the photo above is probably the least inoffensive of the bunch. The rest of them are truly some of the most shocking photos I’ve ever seen.

I’m just sick to my stomach now. :(

Warning: All images in this entry are shown in full, not screened out for graphic content. There are many dead bodies. The photographs are graphic and stark. This is the reality of genocide, and of an important part of World War II and human history.

Did you know that Adolf Hitler was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize?

Hitler was nominated in 1939 by E.G.C. Brandt, member of the Swedish parliament. Brandt never intended for this to be seriously considered and the nomination was withdrawn in a letter dated 1 February 1939.

What made him perform this practical joke was his astonishment over the naive and gullible praise of the British Prime Minister Chamberlain (“Peace in Our Time”) who, in Brandt’s opinion, put the whole of Europe in danger by yielding ground to Hitler in Munich in September 1938 by accepting the incorporation of Bohemia in the Third Reich.

Brandt was left in shock when he realized that most people, including the media, didn’t get his irony. Many people even wrote him telegrams and letters to express their thanks and appreciation for his nominating Hitler.

It is also interesting to know that Hitler was chosen as Time magazine’s Man of the Year for 1938.

Time had chosen him as the man who “for better or worse” (as Time founder Henry Luce expressed it) had most influenced events of the preceding year.

Previously – Which dictator killed the most people?

Which dictator killed the most people?


Apparently, Hitler and Stalin combined killed less people that Mao Zedong. During his rule in China, Mao killed 78 million people. It’s the size of entire population of Germany today.

Top Ten Most Evil Dictators of All Time (in order of kill count)