Although Hitler was never known to directly torture or kill any Jews, it was under his command that Nazi Germany committed genocide and ended the lives of approximately six million Jewish people.
Before the outbreak of World War Two the Nazi's had already successfully exiled around 60,000 German Jews. However when Germany occupied Poland (home to around two million Jews) the issue of treatment and containment become apparent to the Nazi's. It was then decided to place all Polish Jews into ghettos and put to work in war factories.
In 1933 the first concentration camps were founded. Jewish people were transported in cramped, filthy conditions. Upon arrival prisoners were tattooed with a series of numbers so they could be I.D'd.
Many prisoners died within the walls of the concentration camps through various causes such as starvation, disease or execution within the gas chambers.
During their time at the camps prisoners would often find themselves being severely beaten or tortured at the hands of the SS. Prisoners were beaten with hard wooden sticks if they were failing to meet demands and any prisoners thought to be disobeying orders were swiftly tortured. A popular method consisted of securing the prisoners hands behind their backs and then suspending them causing the arms to bend far back and the shoulders to eventually dislocate.
As the war was coming to an end and Allied forces drew closer to Germany some camps began using prisoners for medical experiments, testing lethal medicines and even freezing prisoners.
By 1945 all concentration camps had been liberated. One American soldier said of the camps: "There our troops found sights, sounds, and stenches horrible beyond belief, cruelties so enormous as to be incomprehensible to the normal mind."