In January 2007, the Museum acquired a personal album containing 116 photographs taken in 1944 of SS officers at Auschwitz-Birkenau—providing a rare and chilling look at the camp’s Nazi leadership.
Millions of ordinary people witnessed the crimes of the Holocaust—in the countryside and city squares, in stores and schools, in homes and workplaces. Across Europe, the Nazis found countless willing helpers who collaborated or were complicit in their crimes. What motives and pressures led so many individuals to abandon their fellow human beings? Why did others make the choice to help?