June 26: Killing Lithuanian Jews

Lithuanian paramilitary fascists murdered sixty-nine Jews by clubbing them with iron bars in an open-air garage before scores of onlookers in Kovno (Kaunas), Lithuania on this date in 1941. The massacre was part of a brutal four-day pogrom that was incited by the Nazi’s Operation Barbarossa and killed some 3,800 Jews in Kovno and 1,200 […]

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April 29: Dachau Liberated

The Seventh U.S. Army entered the Dachau concentration camp on this date in 1945. Ten miles outside of Munich, Dachau was the first concentration camp organized by the Nazi S.S., in 1933, and would be variously used over the course of twelve years, but primarily to confine and punish political prisoners and non-Aryans as defined […]

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January 20: More Trains

A train from the Terezin concentration camp arrived at Auschwitz on this date in 1943, carrying 2,000 Jewish prisoners, of whom 160 women and 80 men were assigned to slave labor. Only two of them would survive beyond the next six weeks. The remaining 1,760 were sent directly to the gas chambers. (During the previous […]

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