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Lubny, Ukraine, A mother with her two children awaiting, with other Jews from the town, at the assembly point, 16/10/1941

Yad Vashem

Yad Vashem
Jerusalem, Israel

Close-up of a young mother with her two children, sitting among a large group of Jews from Lubny who have been assembled for mass execution by the Germans.

One of a series of images taken by the German military photographer Haehle, a member of PK[propaganda commando] 637, then attached to the German Sixth Army fighting in the Ukraine. Haehle died in 1944. In the early 1950s his widow sold this collection of photographs to Frau Schulz, the wife of Berlin journalist Hans Georg Schulz. Black and white copies of these original, color photographs were forwarded in 1961 to Herr Wagner, an attorney working in the Landgerichtsrat in Darmstadt, who was investigating war crimes cases related to Sonderkommando actions in the Ukrainian cities of Kiev and Lubny in the autumn of 1941.
These copyprints became part of individual war crimes trial records and were subsequently deposited in the Hessisches Hauptsaatsarchiv in Wiesbaden. In 2000 Frau Schulz, who retained Haehle's original photographs, sold them to the Hamburg Institute for Social Reseach.
[Source: Dr. Andrej Angrick, Berlin, research associate at the Hamburg Institute for Social Research]

On October 16, 1941 members of Sonderkommando 4a executed 1,363 Jews, Communists and partisans, among them 53 POWs and a few Jewish rifle-women. Before World War II Lubny had a
population of 35,000, of which 14,000 were Jews.



Details

  • Title: Lubny, Ukraine, A mother with her two children awaiting, with other Jews from the town, at the assembly point, 16/10/1941
  • Location: Lubny,Ukraine (USSR)
  • Subject Keywords: Einsatzgruppen , Portraits , Women , Mass murders , Children , Deportations , Deutsche Polizei , Ukrainian collaborators , Executions
  • Photographer: PK Johannes Haehle
  • Origin: Hessisches Staatsarchiv Darmstadt
  • Name of submitter: Hessisches Staatsarchiv Darmstadt
  • Description: The local headquarters of the German army ordered the Jews of Lubny and the surroundings to report with their personal belongings on 16/10/1941 for "resettlement". German policemen, members of the Sonderkommano 4a, and local collaborators led them to an isolated area outside of the town, where they were separated from their belongings and executed. That day the Sonderkommando executed 1,363 Jews, communists and partisans, among them 53 POWs and a few Jewish women sharp-shooters. Before World War II Lubny had a population of 35,000, of whom 14,000 were Jews. Also included are photographs of the Jews of Kiev being taken to Babi Yar and the murder site of Babi Yar shortly after the executions. The photographs were taken by the Germany military photographer Johannes Haehle, member of the PK (propaganda company) 637, then attached to the German Sixth Army fighting in the Ukraine. Haehle died in 1944. In the early 1950s his widow sold this collection of photographs to Frau Schulz, the wife of Berlin journalist Hans Georg Schulz. Black and white copies of these original color photographs were forwarded in 1961 to Herr Wagner, an attorney working in the Landgerichtsrat in Darmstadt, who was investigating war crimes cases related to Sonderkommando actions in the Ukrainian cities of Kiev and Lubny in the autumn of 1941. These copy prints became part of individual war crimes trial records and were subsequently deposited in the Hessisches Hauptstaatsarchiv in Wiesbaden. In 2000 Frau Schulz, who retained Haehle's original photographs, sold them to the Hamburg Institute for Social Reseach. (Source: Dr. Andrej Angrick, Berlin, research associate at the Hamburg Institute for Social Research, HIS publication, Babi Jar. Eine Diaserie von Johannes Haehle, 1941)
  • Credit: Hamburger Institut fuer Sozialforschung
  • Archival signature: 5705/48 , 5705/0
  • Album Title: 55 German photographs of the deportation of the Jews of Kiev & Lubny, as well as photographs of the murder site in Babi Yar.

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