Rare pictures of fun of Nazi officers in the Auschwitz camp

The camps became a major site of the Nazis’ final solution to the Jewish question.After Germany sparked World War II by invading Poland in September 1939, the Schutzstaffel (SS) converted Auschwitz I, an army barracks, into a prisoner-of-war camp. The initial transport of political detainees to Auschwitz consisted almost solely of Poles for whom the camp was initially established. The bulk of inmates were Polish for the first two years.