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Last Jew in Vinnitsa

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In summer 1941, in their push to invade Soviet Union, Adolf Hitler’s German army marched through Ukraine. On July 19th, Vinnitsa, Ukraine was captured by German troops. The town of Vinnista witnessed its own share of tribulations in the 30s and the 40s. As many as 10,000 Great Purge corpses were exhumed by the Germans. Adolf Hitler established his eastern most headquarters FHQ Wehrwolf near the town and spent a number of weeks there in 1942 and early 1943. But the greatest turmoil came during Rosh-ha-Shana holiday (September 22th) when 28,000 Jews were massacred by the Nazis. According to the census data of 1926, 21,800 Jews lived in the region which means the entire Jewish people were exterminated in Vinnitsa.

This famous picture, inscribed on the back of the photo as of the Last Jew in Vinnitsa, was taken by German Einsatzgruppen solider before he was shot by another Einsatzgruppe Dofficer. His haunting face and hollow, distracted eyes were as symbolic of the Holocaust as later Margaret Bourke-White images. Present in the background of the photo are members of the German Army, the German Labor Service, and the Hitler Youth.

Written by Alex Selwyn-Holmes

June 29, 2009 at 7:30 pm

Posted in War

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  1. I don’t actually see any uniforms representing members of the hitler youth. I suspect the confusion is the result of the black uniform clad younger man, standind behind the NCO in the Einsat. about to execute the Jewish man. The boy is wearing an RAD(RLB) uniform. I also see Wehrmacht-Heer uniforms. Perhaps I need to change my glasses.


    August 20, 2009 at 1:44 am

  2. what is the source of this picture and the story supporfting its creation (and the subsequent murder of the photographer) and that this is indeed the last Jew in this city?

    john werkmeister

    November 11, 2009 at 10:40 pm

    • “…before he was shot by another Einsatzgruppe Officer.”

      I think the sentence meant that the Jewish gentleman was then shot, not the German soldier. I had the same issue with the sense of the sentence as you did.

      Very disturbing photo.

      PE Trayers

      March 6, 2010 at 3:55 am

      • The Jew led russian commies killed many, many more than Hilter. The Jew led commies get a free pass from all the anti White Whites, no one calls them out. No one speaks for the 60 million killed by the commies. No one speaks for the 1.2 million German POW’s murdered by the Americans and the French after the war ended. No one speaks for the 2.5 million German civilians murdered in the East after the war ended. No one speaks for the 1.5 million German POW’s murdered by the Jew led Russian commies.


        December 13, 2012 at 1:41 am

  3. i think jewish have exagerated the massacare. and also i say: long live HILTER


    June 6, 2010 at 4:58 am

    • Who in the hell is HiLter??


      June 6, 2010 at 7:34 pm

    • karn- you’re a fucktard, but then so was hitler. i hope you and he are very happy together.


      June 10, 2010 at 11:46 am

      • Hilter was a dancing Slovak bear. We have many of these things in our garden.


        December 13, 2012 at 1:24 am

  4. The Man doing the shooting is an NCO, not an officer, as noted by the tress on his collar and enlisted mans’ belt buckle.


    June 28, 2010 at 7:22 pm

  5. Too bad they stopped there and were not able to take out George Soros’ , Lehmann brothers and Ben Bernankes parents before they went to America and destroyed that country. Nobody notices the slow death of millions they only notice the quick ones like this.

    Dirlewenger SS Reborn

    November 16, 2010 at 1:52 pm

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  9. Iconic Photos is a useful and interesting site. Too bad it is tainted by hatred-type comments such as many of these. Perhaps using a moderator should be considered


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