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Exhumation of bodies massacred in the Katyn Forest

Film | Accession Number: 1991.260.1 | RG Number: RG-60.0233 | Film ID: 200

Exhumations of bodies of 12,000 Polish army officers massacred by Soviets. Pan of forest edge from river. MLS pans of men digging in separate areas (cordoned off like archeological sites). Quick flashes of bodies meshed together in a ditch. Slow pan around. CU bodies caked with mud, piled up. CU on individual bodies. CU on the 4-star uniform of corpse. Hands tied behind backs. Bodies laid out, lifted up to camera. Carrying bodies out on stretcher. Shots of belongings of victims: money, cigar (taken from pocket of uniform), family photos, "Carte Celonkowski." The narrator explains that the personal effects of the victims were worthless to the perpetrators and expresses pity for the dead men. LS from above, pan of forest.

Genre
Documentary
Duration
00:02:24
Event Date
1941
Locale
Katyn Forest, Soviet Union
Smolensk, Soviet Union
Language
German
Genre/Form
Documentary.
Credit
Accessed at US Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of Bundesarchiv
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Record last modified: 2018-04-26 13:44:16
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