War Crimes Commission: Ohrdruf and Hadamar
- Event Date
- Accessed at US Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of National Archives & Records Administration
18:01:12 "Ohrdruf Concentration Camp" View of Ohrdruf, where 4000 were killed over a period of eight months. U.S. generals Dwight D. Eisenhower, Omar N. Bradley, George S. Patton, and Walton H. Walker inspect the camp. Men standing near gate, enter barracks, inspect the scaffold, talk to prisoners. A woodshed is filled with bodies stacked in piles. CUs of lime, covered bodies. CUs, generals viewing them. Inmates demonstrate torture (whipping rack). Eisenhower and others stroll past dead corpses on the ground. Also view the camp, walking near crematory. CUs, charred remains. A truck brings local townspeople, including Nazi party officials, who are forced to view the camp. Truck enters camp, people unload from back of truck. MS and CU German medical major in uniform accompanying civilians as they view the bodies of inmates who were shot on the eve of US arrival. MSs, German officer, eyes darting everywhere, impassible dead bodies scattered around, civilians in BG fidgeting, looking away. Two kapos escorted off by MP. Visitors are forced into the woodshed; they are obviously moved. Group listens to "list of atrocities," shots of ashes and logs; pan of impassive faces of civilian men; CU torso and skull (on stomach) of naked body.
18:07:04 "Hadamar" U.S. officers visit the building where, under the guise of an insane asylum, 35,000 were murdered. U.S. flag hangs from entrance of building. Soldiers (sent for political and religious considerations) enter the building and examine emaciated patients shown in CU. Maj Herman Bolker, head of the American War Crimes Investigating Team, leads the examination. Medic soldier walks through ward, some empty beds, emaciated patient (taps chest). LS, in the graveyard where bodies are exhumed for autopsies. Men wear gas masks as they lift corpses out of the mud and line up the bodies. Doctor does autopsy; man with pipe takes notes. CU, Volke listing data. Interrogation of Dr. Walman (head of Hadamar institution) and Karl Willig (nurse) about the use of morphine, CU bottle. CU, Army soldier listening to doctors. Men are led off to await trial.
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