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Buchenwald; US destroying German weapons

Film | Accession Number: 1994.119.1 | RG Number: RG-60.2014 | Film ID: 840

(LIB 5569) Bridge Crossing, Saalfeld, Germany, April 14, 1945. SEQ: Tanks of 607th TD and 735th Tank Bn move through streets. LSs, rear views, infantry men of 87th Div atop several of the tanks as they pass camera. MSs, Maj Gen Troy Middleton and Maj Gen Frank L Culin question German officer. LS, vehicles pass over steel treadway pontoon bridge. MS, Maj Gens watch vehicles crossing. Head-on shot, tank crosses steel treadway pontoon bridge. VS, soldiers righting caisson which has falled partly between treadways.

(LIB 5570) German Railroad Gun, Unter-Steinach, Germany, April 14, 1945. SEQ: US soldiers inspect 240mm RR gun found on siding. CU, huge hole in side of gun.

(LIB 5571) Concentration Camp, Weimar, Germany, April 14, 1945. Views of the Buchenwald camp. Survivor speaking to French officer. Bodies stacked on trucks. INT of the crematoria. CU, oven door open showing bones of human skeleton. MSs, former prisoners of the camp. MLS, mangled and mutilated cadavers stacked on floor. US officers entering the camp area. A very young survivor holds the hand of any older boy. The young boy is Joseph Schleifstein, born 7 March 1941 in Poland [See Photo Archives photo #85913, #07230]. Long pan, prison buildings. Survivors wandering around.

(LIB 5572) Destroyed German Civilian Weapons, Kronach, Germany, April 14, 1945. Seq: German civilians stacking rifles against wall of building. LSs, street with white banners hanging from windows of houses. Seq: Soldiers of 101st Regt, 26th Div, destroy weapons of civilians by smashing them against the curbs and street and twisting them in the gratings. CU pile of destroyed rifles.

Event:  1945 April 14
Buchenwald, Germany
Weimar, Germany
Accessed at United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of National Archives & Records Administration
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