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Atrocities: Ohrdruf; Nordhausen; Buchenwald

Film | Accession Number: 1994.119.1 | RG Number: RG-60.2248 | Film ID: 858

Universal Newsreel, Vol. 18, No. 393, Part 1. Release date, 04/26/1945.
Scenes of atrocities: (Ed Herlihy commentator) "Helpless prisoners tortured to death by a bestial enemy...Here is the truth!" Freed US POWS at side of road cheering on tanks as they go by. Boy smiles. MCU, POWs get soup from big tureen. CU, in line, medical aid. Group MS. Bandaging a man's back, covering up a bloody calf wound, shoulder/back wound. Soldier in bed helped to sitting position by two nurses, view from behind showing emaciated back. LS, Hadamar cemetery from above; one grave among many being dug. CU and MLS, exhuming bodies, pulling man up by arm, wall in BG. INT Chief physician of Hadamar, Adolf Wahlmann, and Karl Willig, a nurse, being interrogated. View from above, edge of town. Ohrdruf: clothed bodies scattered around. In BG soldier with hands in pockets, turns and walks away. MCU, Eisenhower and others grimacing. MS, (full body) walks past corpses, hands behind back; Patton looks disgusted. Gallows. Torture rack. Eisenhower among group, listening, arms crossed. Bodies heaped on ground. German civilians look. Two shots of bones and bodies burnt. CU, burnt body. Group of soldiers in BG; huge open pit. CU, leg with lime. Nazi officer who does not want to go in to the shed where the bodies are; pushed into the shed to view bodies. Nazi looking serious; "Shaken to the core...changed the name of Germany to Infamy." Civilian puts hand to cheek. Buchenwald: In the square. MS, people wandering. CU, boy with big eyes. Man with disfigured face. Three corpses. Tattooed stomach on two "slave laborers who worked on the B-2 bomber." Crematoria ovens with skeleton inside. Nordhausen: LS, field of corpses. "Violent human beasts" (narration). Man lying in barn on bodies. Woman on stretcher. Crying man looks into the camera; stretchers carried out of rubble. CU, man with big eyes entering ambulance. Men, one at a time, enter ambulance. Civilians with shovels walk past camera. MCU, civilians carrying bodies by limbs, then with bodies laid on posts. Mass pit with row of bodies.

Film Title
Nazi Murder Mills
Event:  1945 April 26
Ohrdruf, Germany
Nordhausen, Germany
Buchenwald, Germany
Accessed at United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of National Archives & Records Administration
Record last modified: 2022-07-28 22:05:21
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