Mass Executions

Mass open-air shooting of Jews was the first method the Nazis used to kill Jews in large numbers.

German soldiers of the Waffen-SS and the Reich Labour Service look on as a member of a mobile killing squad (Einsatzgruppe) prepares to shoot a Ukrainian Jew kneeling on the edge of a mass grave filled with corpses.


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Executions – by Ernest Sydney Philpot
Oil on canvas, 1943

Ernest Philpot (1906-1985) was an Australian artist. He made this painting in Australia during the war.


Source: JHC, courtesy of Dr Joseph Brown, AO, OBE