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December 20, 2019

Shocking Photos of Germans Cutting Jews’ Beards in an Effort to Dehumanize and Psychologically Destabilize Their ‘Enemies’

Male Orthodox Jews considered their beards and sidekicks an important aspect of their religious identity. Shaving these off not only took away their ‘identity’ and served as a source of great embarrassment, but their hairless faces and shaved heads (the latter also true of women) made them look other-worldly and less human. This dehumanization made it easier for the ‘civilized’ German soldier to perceive of the Jew as an untermensch, some lower form of human, or even as non-human, ripe for isolation and/or extermination.

Most of the 1.5 million German soldiers who participated in the attack on Poland had been socialized in the Nazi state and had also undergone ideological indoctrination in the party’s mass organizations. In late 1939, 31 percent of the solders in an average German infantry division were members of a Nazi organization. One-fifth were former Hitler Youth members, between one-third and one-half had served in the Reich Labor Service (Reichsarbeitsdienst or RAD), and all had done at least one year of military training. Members of the SS and the police, most of whom had an affinity for Nazi doctrine anyway, underwent special ideological training. Propaganda and indoctrination were used to strengthen and radicalize the already widespread resentment of Poles and Jews in German society.

After the German invasion of Poland, aggressive anti-Semitism found release in “lightning pogroms” (Blitzpogrome), during which so-called Eastern Jews (Ostjuden), in particular, were humiliated, abused, and also murdered. In addition to subjecting these Jews to drills and forced labor, the regime’s henchmen often mocked them by cutting or burning off their beards – a practice that was later continued during the military campaign against the Soviet Union.

After WW II, the French were known to have shaved the heads of women who collaborated/ fraternized with the Germans.


  1. Most likely none of the Jews shown in the photos survived.

  2. Flash forward to today and the left is still going after jewish people.

    1. Flash forward to today, and the left ARE the Jews.

  3. Not all of those, who cutting beards are German soldiers. Many pictures show Polish colaborators

  4. Horrible. Humans are messed up.




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