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Nazi atrocities; surrender

Film | Digitized | Accession Number: 1994.119.1 | RG Number: RG-60.2217 | Film ID: 860

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    Nazi atrocities; surrender


    06:12:46 Reel 2: "Activities in European Theater of Operations" In Germany, Schweinfurt citizens gather in courtyard. Confiscated art, belongings, etc. German male civilians march in columns in streets to be screened by US counter-intelligence. Cached gold and art treasures emoved from Merkers salt mine. Nordhausen citizens loot shops, walk through streets, stopped by armed US soldiers, forced to surrender stolen goods. French POW camp in Seurst, Germany. The liberated wave out of three story building windows, give hugs, pats, and kisses to liberating soldiers, large crowd, US and French ranking officers shake hands, raising of French and US flag, formerly imprisoned French soldiers saluting/marching out. Scenes of Nordhausen concentration camp with dead and sick prisoners.

    06:16:58 "Additional Atrocity Films" Pan of three buildings, ruins, corpses scattered on ground around Nordhausen camp. MS, four emaciated survivors. CU, survivors evacuated by medics and Red Cross; praying, crying man boarding ambulance. 600 male Germans with shovels forced to assist burial. Corpses carried to gravesite. Priest administers last rites. LS, many bodies lined up on ground. CUs, skeletons. Gens. Eisenhower, Bradley, and Patton tour Ohrdruf. Corpses, torture demonstrations. US jeeps enter Penig, tortured/wounded Hungarian women survivors inspected by medics. Red Cross ambulances, survivors on stretchers. Woman helped by two soldiers. Ambulances travel to hospital, helping survivors out of vehicle and into hospital. LS, survivors in litters, in hospital beds. Aerial of barn in Gardelegen. CUs, burnt corpses, survivors. Civilians march with shovels and wooden white crosses to perform burial in mass grave. MS, field of white crosses. Pan, HS Buchenwald camp grounds. Oven with bodies. Mound of bones and ashes. Pan of soldiers looking at pile of naked bodies. CUs, corpses and survivors.

    06:23:31 Trench foot wound. Weimar citizens forced to view evidence of atrocities at Buchenwald. Entering camp, survivors stand behind barbed wire in BG. Bodies on truck beds. Parchment display, shrunken heads, tattoos. Pan, Germans react. LS, field, ash on ground, bodies in Leipzig. CUs, bodies, twisted/burnt. Inmates "frozen," shot to death as escaping or electrocuted by fence. Liberated Russian woman stares at bodies behind barbed wire.

    06:26:00 "Mediterranean Surrender" Men, women, and boys captured with German army in the Ruhr. German tank battalion surrenders. Troops are greeted at Bologna, Italy. Gen. Clark and the signing of the Italian surrender. 06:30:24 "USA Secretary Stimson and Gen. Marshall make VE Day Statement..." MS, both speak directly into camera from desks.
    Event:  April-May 1945
    Production:  1945
    Nordhausen, Germany
    Ohrdruf, Germany
    Penig, Germany
    Weimar, Germany
    Buchenwald, Germany
    Ruhr Valley, Germany
    Leipzig, Germany
    Accessed at United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of National Archives & Records Administration
    Producer: United States. Army. Signal Corps.

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    B&W / Color
    Black & White
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    Time Code
    06:12:46:00 to 06:32:48:00
    Film Format
    • Master
    • Master 860 Video: Betacam SP - NTSC - large
      Master 860 Video: Betacam SP - NTSC - large
      Master 860 Video: Betacam SP - NTSC - large
      Master 860 Video: Betacam SP - NTSC - large
    • Preservation
    • Preservation 860 Video: Betacam SP - NTSC - large
      Preservation 860 Video: Betacam SP - NTSC - large
      Preservation 860 Video: Betacam SP - NTSC - large
      Preservation 860 Video: Betacam SP - NTSC - large

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    Public Domain
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    To the best of the Museum's knowledge, this material is in the public domain. You do not require further permission from the Museum to reproduce or use this material.

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    Film Provenance
    The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum purchased this from the National Archives and Records Administration in September 1994.
    The three reels of NARA 111 SFR 53 [from 06:01:06 to 06:32:48] contain a US Army "Special Film Report" that is a compilation of newsreels. Material covered includes: Pacific-Activities on Okinawa; Iwo Japs in Dawn Sortie; Mop-Up in Manila Harbor; Atrocities in the European Theater of Operations; Additional Atrocity Films; Mediterranean Surrender; and USA Secretary Stimson and Gen. Marshall Make VE Day Statements...

    Reel 1 starts at 06:01:06 (cataloged as RG-60.1779)
    Reel 2 starts at 06:12:46
    Reel 3 starts at 06:23:31
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    16mm; 35mm; b/w
    Film Source
    United States. National Archives and Records Administration. Motion Picture Reference
    File Number
    Legacy Database File: 163
    Source Archive Number: 111 SFR 53 R2-3
    Record last modified:
    2024-02-21 07:47:21
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