The Deportation Of The Jewish Community From Wiesbaden

Though at first glance you might think this was simply a group of people boarding a train, your eyes quickly adjust to the true atmosphere of the scene. The clues are there — the Star of David on one man’s coat, the tension and resistance in another’s body. What you’re seeing is a group of elderly Jewish people being deported from Wiesbaden to the Theresienstadt Ghetto.

Just two days before this photo, on 27 August 1942, the last Jewish public prayer service was held in Wiesbaden. Over the next two days, six hundred Jews were collected, registered, and deported. They were shipped to Frankfurt, where another six hundred local Jews boarded, most of whom were also sick or elderly — some had been decorated for their service in World War I.

Though initially they were sent to Theresienstadt, most were then sent to Auschwitz. Out of the hundreds transported, only 32 Jewish people from this deportation are known to have survived.

 

Wiesbaden

 

Wiesbaden, Hesse, Germany.

29 August 1942.

Credit: Anti-Worlds