II, WW2. A shot of soldiers riding on top of a military jeep past long lines of people. A close up shot of women cheering. A shot of a man being marched down some stairs at gunpoint. A close up shot of a woman yelling angrily. A wide shot from ground level of a concentration camp. A dead body lays on the ground as people walk by. A shot of some of the people in the camp walking around aimlessly, they are disheveled and dirty and very sickly looking. Men and women. A shot of many dead bodies that are partially clothed laying across a dirt field.
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Groups representing Holocaust survivors are demanding an explanation after Polish artists were allowed to film naked people playing tag inside a former Nazi concentration camp gas chamber. On Wednesday, the Organization of Holocaust Survivors in Israel and the Simon Wiesenthal Center sent a letter to Polish President Andrzej Duda asking if the artists gained "permission from the Stutthof administrators to make this video," what the rules of conduct are at the site, and how they are enforced. Although the video was filmed and displayed at art exhibitions years ago, researchers just recently discovered it was filmed inside the Stutthof concentration camp in Poland, prompting further outcry and clarification from Polish leaders. In the film, naked men and women file into the gas chamber at Stutthof and proceed to run around, laughing, playing tag for nearly five minutes. About 65, people died at the camp between and , according to the Muzeum Stutthof, and it "became a camp of mass- extermination" toward the end of the war. It was all about the visual reconstruction of a situation. Just as it was back then: naked people in a gas chamber. But instead of horror, we have giggles, toys, erotic games, innocent frolics. What a relief!
Search below to view digital records and find material that you can access at our library and at the Shapell Center. Naked Jewish women, some of whom are holding infants, wait in a line before their execution by German Sipo and SD, with the assistance of Ukrainian auxiliaries. According to the Zentrale Stelle in Germany Zst. On the eve of the ghetto's liquidation 13 October , some of the inhabitants rose up against the Germans and were defeated after a short battle. The remaining members of the community were transported from the ghetto to this ravine in the Sdolbunov Gebietskommissariat, south of Rovno, where they were executed. Information regarding this action, including the photos, were acquired from a man named Hille, who was the Bezirks-Oberwachtmeister of the Gendarmerie at the time. Hille apparently gave the five photos there were originally seven to the company lawyer of a textile firm in Kunert, Czechoslovakia, where he worked as a doorman after the war. The Czech government confiscated the photos from the lawyer in and they subsequently became public. That the photos indeed show the shooting of Jews in connection with the liquidation of the ghetto was also confirmed by a statement of Gendarmerie-Gebietsfuehrer Josef Paur in These additional online resources from the U.