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11.   Group Photo of an SS Wedding on the Grounds of the Main Office for Race and Settlement (1936)
Himmler had pursued the goal of “upbreeding” the SS into a racial-biological elite long before he assumed the lead role in defining Nazi policy on race and population – a position he secured by being....
Group Photo of an SS Wedding on the Grounds of the Main Office for Race and Settlement (1936)
12.   Heinrich Himmler during an Inspection of the Dachau Concentration Camp (March 1938)
For Himmler and the SS, concentration camps were also of great economic importance. Prisoners had to do physically demanding and often dangerous forced labor, and after the war broke out, they were....
Heinrich Himmler during an Inspection of the Dachau Concentration Camp (March 1938)
13.   Reinhard Heydrich at a Fencing Competition with the Berlin SS Fencing Team (1939)
The former navy lieutenant Reinhard Heydrich (1904-1942) joined the NSDAP and the SS in 1931. As Himmler's closest collaborator, he played an important role in transforming the SS into the Nazi dictatorship's....
Reinhard Heydrich at a Fencing Competition with the Berlin SS Fencing Team (1939)
14.   Heinrich Himmler, Frank Zieris, and Ernst Kaltenbrunner (left to right) during an Inspection of the Mauthausen Concentration Camp (April 1941)
This 1941 photograph shows Heinrich Himmler (left) during an inspection of the Mauthausen concentration camp in Austria. Also featured are: camp commander, SS-Obersturmbannführer Franz Ziereis (middle)....
Heinrich Himmler, Frank Zieris, and Ernst Kaltenbrunner (left to right) during an Inspection of the Mauthausen Concentration Camp (April 1941)
15.   Reinhard Heydrich’s Mercedes after Suffering Heavy Damage in the Ambush (May 27, 1942)
On the morning of May 27, 1942, Reinhard Heydrich, who was then Reich Protector of Bohemia and Moravia,....
Reinhard Heydrich’s Mercedes after Suffering Heavy Damage in the Ambush (May 27, 1942)
16.   Heinrich Himmler’s Order for the Arrest and Execution of Members of the Oppositional Czech Intelligentsia in Response to the Attack on Reinhard Heydrich (May 27, 1942)
After the attack on Heydrich, the Nazi leadership immediately responded with broad retaliatory measures....
Heinrich Himmler’s Order for the Arrest and Execution of Members of the Oppositional Czech Intelligentsia in Response to the Attack on Reinhard Heydrich (May 27, 1942)
17.   The Lidice Massacre – SS Members Set the Village Ablaze (July 1, 1942)
The so-called Lidice Massacre is probably the best-known Nazi retaliation measure in connection with Heydrich's assassination. The inhabitants of the village of Lidice, about 500 in number, were....
The Lidice Massacre – SS Members Set the Village Ablaze (July 1, 1942)
18.   View of a Section of the Buchenwald Concentration Camp after its Liberation by American Troops (May 1, 1945)
Opened in 1937, Buchenwald was one of the largest concentration and labor camps on German soil. The now infamous motto "To Each his Own" (i.e., "Everyone Gets What He Deserves") adorned one of its....
View of a Section of the Buchenwald Concentration Camp after its Liberation by American Troops (May 1, 1945)
19.   Female SS Guards after their Arrest in Bergen-Belsen (May 15, 1945)
Formally, the SS was a purely male organization. Women were accepted into the "clan" through marriage with SS-men, but they had no organizational rank or function. Their job was to raise children....
Female SS Guards after their Arrest in Bergen-Belsen (May 15, 1945)
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