Photo Gallery Laughing at Auschwitz

Newly released photos of SS officers sitting in canvas chairs, participating in sing-alongs and enjoying their free time at a recreation home near Auschwitz have shocked many in Germany this week. The images depict the cynicism of the SS, who were able to enjoy a day off from the death camp even as thousands were being exterminated.
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