Liberating, providing aid to survivors at Buchenwald
- Event Date
- April-May 1945
- US Holocaust Memorial Museum, gift of the Family of Anthony S. Brooke
US Army assisting survivors of Buchenwald and shots of the dead and dying.
MS Ambulance with Red Cross drives through gate into camp compound, past brick building labeled 59, many GIs walking around, can see several other same kind of brick buildings. 1:01:17 MCU some kind of entryway past brick wall manned by GIs thru which German civilians are filing into or out of camp. HAS of GI smoking next to wall as civilians pass. MS civilians in line on grounds of camp, a number of GIs pass camera. 1:01:59 MCU of corpse covered partially by blanket next to brick wall. CU of head and staring eyes, then back to previous shot. 1:02:23 MLS GIs lined up outside an entryway to building or barrack 60, pan right down length of building to yard full of GIs walking around, jeeps in BG. 1:02:38 GIs carry survivor out on stretcher to ambulance, can see one GI with camera, lots of GI activity. MS survivor comes out of building with bag slung over shoulder still in prison uniform, gets into ambulance. MLS as ambulance drives away. 1:02:59 MS another prisoner in uniform is assisted by GIs as he gets into ambulance. MCU another prisoner hobbles painfully to ambulance, then a third with mournful expression struggles to get in. On back of his jacket is large red square.
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Amateur kodachrome film footage documenting U.S. Army soldiers assisting survivors of Buchenwald, Russians at the Elbe River, the liberation of Dachau, and the destruction in Berlin.
Closeup footage of the dead and dying in Dachau. 1:03:36 MS pan of bodies in small room. Some clothed, some not. CU of hand clutching ribbon. Pan back over same bodies. CU of some of dead. 1:04:05 MS of room in brick building bodies piled in long narrow space between two concrete partitions. CU of dead mans face, CU of water trough, CU of shoe floating in trough. 1:04:31 MCU of bodies in camp uniforms visible through entryway in brick. CU of face of dead man. MS through brick entryway of stack of clothed bodies. MS and CU of dead men on floor. 1:05:16 MCU Body of man half covered by blanket lying on straw in barracks room. MCU of clothed man slumped against brick and cinder blocks. 1:05:34 MCU of what appears to be medical tools and vials in a mess on table top. 1:05:42 MCU man half covered by blanket shaking and shivering on floor or pallet, small frying pan next to him. HAS of man with cap staring at camera, head on pillow, CU of his face, he may be dead. 1:06:08 MS of hay strewn room and wooden posts, lots of camera flashes, CU of thick tangle of barbed wire. Flashes continue.
General views of destruction in Magdeburg. MS man walks bicycle past rubbled facade of buildings, pan left across street to more damaged building frames. MS of smashed streetcars. MCU tilt up damaged building frame, deep blue sky. LS through rubble strewn passage, large steel cylindrical structure in BG. 01:07:03 The Brabag "Gasometer" in Magdeburg. 01:07:14 LS down cleared street, darker exposure, man on bike comes toward camera, pan of more rubble. 01:07:31 back to brighter exposure, more of same with water pump in FG, can see buildings or homes in BG that are intact, chimneys standing. 01:08:02 LS two US Army jeeps come down cleared street. MCU of damage to front of building, shots of devastation. 01:08:42 LS people out in street walking, riding bikes amidst damage. 01:08:47 The top of Walloner Church. CU of damaged segments of buildings including remnants of stove or furnace. 01:09:08 LS, the Reichsautobahn A2 highway in the Magdeburg area, couple on bikes, shot of bridge overpass. Ambulance with Red Cross goes by. 01:09:35 MLS two truckloads of men who appear to be civilians, cannot tell if military in shot are American or Russian. Pan right to crane, RR tracks and view of river and town in BG. 01:09:48 Another damaged building. LS intersection in town, covered truck, soldiers walk by. 01:10:05 LS across water long line of people are making their way across the pontoon bridge across the Elbe River and continuing along tree lined road. 01:10:15 MS planes with German markings at the AGO Flugzeugwerke at Oschersleben/Bode - airfield, damaged hangar, pan of planes (including the last built Focke Wulf A-8 fighters). 01:10:41 MS GI in jeep rides up to plane parked outside in field and climbs up to cockpit. MCU of him reaching into cockpit, smiles, climbs down. 01:11:08 Bombed hangar, other damage, MLS of collapsing and twisted metal rods of main assemply hall with red brick walls. CU of Nazi eagle and swastika insignia and carved German word.
LS, the Mittellandkanal bridge across the Elbe River, supports of former bridge visible above water. Pan right to houses of village in trees along river. 01:12:02 LS across expanse of new wooden bridge built by Russians. Another shot across river to location of old bridge. Pan right to entryway of new bridge complete with carved wooden spires. Heads of two soldiers visible. 01:12:27 MCU shot of Russian and American officers. Three Russian soldiers lean over railing of bridge. LS angle to bridge, pan right along its length to other side and MS of Russian and American officers talking. 01:13:08 LS across river. MS of six Russian soldiers clustered together leaning against bridge railing. LS straight down length of bridge to other end as a couple of soldiers walk along it. 01:13:33 MLS group of trucks stopped along road, lead truck flying red banner. There are Russian military walking around the trucks (containing people and trees/shrubs in truckbeds). 01:13:53 MS of young men and women in civilian clothing standing in lead truck. CU of young man in cap. 01:14:01 LS of this same convoy, then MLS of same.