Holocaust: SS officer's photos reveal Sobibor death camp

Previously unseen photos from the Sobibor death camp in Nazi-occupied Poland have been unveiled, including two purported to show notorious guard John Demjanjuk.

The Ukrainian was jailed in Munich in 2011 as a war criminal but died during the appeal process in 2012, aged 91.

Two photos, out of 361 from Sobibor and other camps, show Demjanjuk, a German Holocaust research centre says.

About 1.7 million Jews were murdered at Sobibor and two other camps in 1941-43.

Gas chambers were used at Sobibor, Treblinka and Belzec to kill Jews from ghettos in occupied Poland, in what Nazi Germany called “Operation Reinhard”.

Hardly any photos of Sobibor existed previously, so the find provides a wealth of new details about Nazi atrocities.

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A researcher points to a man believed to be Demjanjuk, among SS death camp auxiliaries

The photos displayed by the Topography of Terror museum in Berlin belonged to former SS deputy commandant Johann Niemann, and were handed over by his grandson in 2015.

Some photos show SS guards relaxing with alcohol and entertainment at Sobibor – not far from where Jews were being slaughtered.

The photos chart Niemann’s Nazi career,…

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