<p>Survivors of the camps lacked even basic possessions, such as footwear. The Red Cross issued these United States Army boots to Jacob Polak in June or July 1945 after his repatriation to the Netherlands.</p>

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To many people, images of shoes are stark reminders of the fragility of life during the Holocaust. In some cases, piles of shoes provide one of the few lasting signs of those who had been murdered at death camps. In other images, you see survivors being fitted with shoes as they struggle to emerge from horrendous circumstances.

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