A group photo of the SS officers of Auschwitz: Josef Kramer, Josef Mengele, Richard Baer, Karl Höcker (from left; man at right
These are just two of 116 images in a photo album made public by the United States National Holocaust Museum in Washington earlier this week. The
museum obtained the photos at the year of the year from a retired US Army intelligence officer, who came across the album in an apartment in Frankfurt
and has now given them to the museum.
The photos were taken between May and December 1944, and they show the officers and guards relaxing and enjoying themselves -- as countless people
were being murdered and cremated at the nearby death camp.
In some of the photos, SS officers can be seen singing. In others they are hunting and in another a man can be seen decorating a Christmas tree in
what could only be described as a holiday in hell.