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Dr. Freda Dudek

Dr. Freda was a well-known doctor of psychological medicine in Cologne, Germany at the Medizinische Fakultät within the University of Cologne teaching hospital. She specialized in sexual identity disorders but also treated a variety of other psychological disorders. When she first opened her practice, she was relegated to a corner office in a seldom-used basement, but later in her career, […]

Albert Novak

Born in 1934, Albert was an active child. His parents involved him in the synagogue very early and his studies were going well. They looked forward to the day when their only son would celebrate his bar mitzvah and someday have a family of his own, but with the rising power of the Nazi Party, they knew that troubling times […]

Mrs. Gabriella Gorski

Gabriel Köhler was born the year after the Nazi Party solidified its hold on Germany by installing Adolf Hitler as the German Chancellor, and just before Hitler was elevated to Führer of Germany. His family tried to keep their Jewish roots hidden, but eventually they were arrested by the Nazi soldiers and taken to Auschwitz. Gabriel never saw his parents […]

Dr. Horst Schumann

Horst Schumann was born to Dr. Paul Schumann on 1 May, 1906. He followed in his father’s footsteps, earning a medical degree and practicing medicine, but early in his life, he learned about the Aryan race and began to aspire to those ideals. When he found the Nazi party, he felt that he had finally found people who understood him […]

Hugo Jaeger

Hugo Jaeger had a career in photography before WWII, but no one remembers much about him before he became Adolf Hitler’s personal photographer. Not only did he travel with Hitler taking thousands of photographs of campaign events and political parties, he was also sent to document some of the work done by the doctors at Auschwitz. He captured many disturbing […]

Maria Stromberger

Maria heard stories of Nazi atrocities but no one believed them. They were certainly part of some smear campaign against the Führer, Adolf Hitler. She was not one to turn a blind eye. She wanted to know the truth, so she volunteered for duty that would put her in the right place to witness these alleged war crimes. She was […]

Horace Krämer

Horace always remembered being a disappointment to his father. The accounting firm his father owned was one of the few that survived the transition to Nazi rule and back again. His father was quite proud of all he had accomplished, but when it came time for Horace to join the company, he was disdainful. Horace worked hard to become a […]

Dr. Wilhelm Nowitz

His late wife had told him many times that he should retire and he was considering it when she was diagnosed. In just a few short months, she was gone, so rather than retire, he scaled his practice back to the few clients he had come to know well. Dr. Freda Dudek was a remarkable young woman. Not only had […]

Jürgen Żądło

A polish medical student in his youth, Jürgen did not have the mind for advanced medical theory, but he was good with numbers and he was a tough young man. When he was reassigned from Hitler’s Youth by the SS to Auschwitz, he thought it was a dream come true. Surrounded by the work he loved, he could now put […]