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Heartbreaking Mug-Shot Photos Taken By A Young Auschwitz Prisoner

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Heartbreaking Mug-Shot Photos Taken By A Young Auschwitz Prisoner

These photos by Wilhelm Brasse document the terror of the Nazi-run Auschwitz camp during World War II.

Brasse was a young man at the time and had been brought to Auschwitz with 400 other Polish political prisoners. After six months of forced labor, he was transferred to a bureaucratic department called ‘Erkennungsdienst,’ the photographic identification unit. There he was forced to take mugshot-style photos of each inmate brought to the camp.

"I made photographs of young women for Dr Mengele. I was aware that they were going to die," Brasse recalls. "They didn't know - to photograph these women and to know that they were going to die was so highly distressing. They were so full of life and so beautiful ..."

The photos are brutal. Despite Brasse's efforts to calm the subjects, horror stories are clearly written on the subject's face.

In total, Brasse shot around 50,000 of these chilling identity photos, each one a terrible reminder of humanity's potential for darkness.

Via Vintage.es & The Guardian

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