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Einsatzgruppen Pictures

The Mobile Killing Units of the Third Reich


The Einsatzgruppen were German mobile killing units that operated within German-occupied territory after Germany invaded the Soviet Union in 1941. The Einsatzgruppen rounded up Jews, Gypsies, the disabled, Communists, and prisoners of war and then murdered them.

One of the more well known mass killings conducted by the Einsatzgruppen was at Babi Yar, where 100,000 people were slaughtered.

By the spring of 1943, it is estimated that the Einsatzgruppen had murdered approximately 1.25 million Jews and thousands of others.

The following pictures show the Einsatzgruppen preparing their victims and then killing them.

Victims on the Way to Their Death

Jews, on their way out of the city of Kiev to the Babi Yar ravine, pass corpses lying on the street.
Picture from the Hessisches Hauptstaatsarchiv, courtesy of USHMM Photo Archives.
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