A caption read:
Wedding bands that were removed from Holocaust victims prior to being executed, 1945. Each ring represents a destroyed family. Never forget.
The image is genuine, and this post wasn’t the image’s first appearance on the internet, as previous iterations of the claim had surfaced as early as 2008 and 2010. An entry on the stock image site Shutterstock provided the photograph’s date and location (Buchenwald):
Thousands of gold wedding rings removed from victims of the Nazi German concentration camps. U.S. troops found jewelry and gold fillings, near Buchenwald concentration camp. May 5, 1945[.]
A soldier dips his hands into a crate full of rings confiscated from prisoners in Buchenwald [Thuringia], Germany, found by American troops in a cave adjoining the concentration camp. May 5, 1945.
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of the National Archives and Records Administration, College Park.
The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM) maintained a more detailed entry for the image on their site. It read:
A soldier dips his hands into a crate full of rings confiscated from prisoners in Buchenwald and found by American troops in a cave adjoining the concentration camp.
Original caption reads: “These are a few of the thousands of wedding rings the Germans removed from their victims in order to salvage the gold. U.S. First Army troops found these rings, with watches, precious stones, eyeglasses, and gold teeth fillings, in a cave adjoining the Buchenwald concentration camp near Weimar, Germany. 5/5/45.”
Original caption from donated photograph: “Every wedding ring here represents a home broken and a human murdered by the Germans. These are only a small portion of the thousands of wedding rings the Germans removed from their prisoners to salvage the gold at the notorious Buchenwald concentration camp near Weimar, Germany. U.S. troops dicovered these rings along with watches, precious stones, eyelgasses, and even gold teeth fillings when they liberated the camp and freed 21,000 prisoners in April, 1945. Death already had liberated 70,000 who were starved or butchered during the Nazi reign of terror.”