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Belsen Concentration Camp: Red Cross and burials

Film | Accession Number: 1991.251.1 | RG Number: RG-60.0050 | Film ID: 8

CU, crowd of women, ex-prisoners, waving and gesturing to lorry carrying SS. VCU sign on roadside, "Danger Typhus." CUs of similar Military Police Sign on a post in field, different shots testing focus. Frontal MCU of Schwimmwagen of 11 Light Field Ambulance parked inside women's compound, bearing Red Cross flag. Two British soldiers talk to pretty inmate by jeep, tents in BG. CU, of British soldiers in jeep, one smiling and smoking a cigarette. Martin Wilson talking with female prisoner, joined by two male inmates. In background are British Army tents with French flag flying over. Frenchman prepares meal over fire. CU, bulldozer with bodies. Two women's bodies bulldozed, slide along dirt. CU of bulldozer driver, Wrinn of Hoddington, Scotland, as he spits over side of tractor and smokes. Side angle of bulldozer, blade set too high so bodies slip beneath vehicle. VCU, of cringing bulldozer driver, Wrinn, with cigarette. View from bulldozer, over edge of bulldozer. MS of relief driver, Burridge of Todmordon, Yorks holding petrol soaked handkerchief over nose and mouth while driving tractor with other hand. VCU, FG woman inmate watching, hands to mouth, holding kerchief, BG out of focus. Bulldozer, earth being moved over pit, cover. MCUs of women prisoners looking on, and Burridge driving, bulldozer, kerchief and hand, goes past camera. Bodies laid out, being shoveled together. MS of ambulance and trailer, driver shows effects (shell hole) of German fighter attack from April 20, 1945. Hungarian soldiers digging trench-grave. CU and VCU on shovels.

Event:  1945 April 19
Belsen, Germany
Accessed at United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of Imperial War Museums
Record last modified: 2021-06-03 12:46:15
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