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Belsen Concentration Camp: burial; hairwashing; Red Cross

Film | Accession Number: 1991.251.1 | RG Number: RG-60.0057 | Film ID: 8

MLS, two chaplains, Rev. P.T. Stretch and Rev. Cuthbert, standing by pit performing burial service before open mass grave. VAR shots, scarf with cross visible. MCU Jewish priest, Rev. L. H. Hordman shovels dirt into open grave. Bulldozing earth into pit. SS men help to fill in grave with shovels. Survivors sitting under pitched roof on heap. CU of various male survivors, sitting cooking together before entrance to tent. CU man leaning against hut wall, talking, emaciated. CU, women talking and nodding to cameraman's assistant at frame left. MLS, two French women in open ground, one washes the other's hair, CU same. Smoke, old black buckets around. More hairwashing. Troops in decontamination suits and hospital smocks loading up Red Cross trucks with typhus cases on stretchers. Crowd of survivors around truck. Ambulance doors closed, "Contaminated" chalked on left door, truck pulling away. Rev. Hardman of Leeds, Jewish priest, surrounded by small circle of internees, leads them in hymn, women of congregation singing.

Event Date
1945 April 23
Belsen, Germany
Accessed at US Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of Imperial War Museums
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Record last modified: 2019-05-29 11:02:13
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