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Religious service at Dachau concentration camp

Film | Digitized | Accession Number: 1994.119.1 | RG Number: RG-60.0842 | Film ID: 827

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    Religious service at Dachau concentration camp


    (LIB 6571) Atrocities at Dachau, Germany, May 3,5,6,9, 1945. INTs, Catholic mass for imprisoned priests. EXTs, chaplain holds services for camp inmates. CUs, individuals at services. CU, rosary beads. Rear views, priests with "X" and "KL" on backs of their coats. MS, altar. LS, crowd at Jewish service carrying flags (May 6, 1945). CU, Rabbi David Max Eichhorn with Torah, speaking to crowd. MSs, crowd, woman singing, speaking, crying. Woman giving flowers to the rabbi. Dr. Dortheimer stands to the left of the Rabbi; according to the testimony in RG-60.3006, Dortheimer was introduced at the service as “leader of the Jewish Community.” LS, men in crowd carrying flags of United Nations. AVs, Dachau camp. Pan, barracks, tree-lined road, watchtower, woods, gate. Another AV of Dachau, from a greater distance (VQ: poor contrast, overcast day, underexposed footage, scratches on film). MS, inmates removing bodies from barracks building and placing them in the street. Truckload of steaming pots of soup?. People milling about truck. Shots of Catholic mass, CUs of priests, altar, and cross with Christ. MSs, CUs, bodies in railroad car at siding. (Some are covered with snow.) CU, statue. AV, Dachau camp, square, people, buildings.
    Event:  May 3-9, 1945
    Dachau, Germany
    Accessed at United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of National Archives & Records Administration
    Producer: United States. Army. Signal Corps.
    Camera Operator: K. Marthey
    Camera Operator: McCarthy
    Subject: Mieczyslaw Dortheimer
    Subject: David M. Eichhorn
    Dr. Mieczyslaw (Mietek) Dortheimer, born in 1911 in Krakow, Poland, set out to be a lawyer after graduating from Krakow’s Jagiellonian University. When the Nazis marched into Krakow, he fled with his wife and father to Lwow. His father later moved to the Warsaw Ghetto and was subsequently gassed at Treblinka. Later, Dortheimer worked in Tarnow as a factory administrator, on false papers. After the Tarnow ghetto liquidation, with help from his brother-in-law who was in the resistance, Dortheimer managed a saw-mill in the small town of Suchedniow. In January 1944, Dortheimer, his brother-in-law and wife were arrested and interrogated for two months in Radom prison, where it was discovered they were Jewish. In June 1944 they were ‘death marched’ 100km to Tomaszow and crammed onto cattle-cars for Auschwitz. From Auschwitz, Dortheimer was sent to the Natzweiler sub-camp Vaihingen-Enz, and months later to Dachau, where he contracted Typhoid shortly before liberation. Fluent in five languages, Dr. Dortheimer became Chairman of the Jewish Information Office in Dachau and interviewed Nazi war criminals for the Dachau trials as Administrative Director of the War Crimes Branch, (employed by US Army). He emigrated to Australia with his wife and two children in September 1948. After starting out as a laborer on a chicken farm, he built a successful importing business in Melbourne, where he died in 1984.

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    01:19:47:00 to 01:29:31:00
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    • Master 827 Video: Betacam SP - NTSC - small
      Master 827 Video: Betacam SP - NTSC - small
      Master 827 Video: Betacam SP - NTSC - small
      Master 827 Video: Betacam SP - NTSC - small
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    • Preservation 827 Video: Betacam SP - NTSC - small
      Preservation 827 Video: Betacam SP - NTSC - small
      Preservation 827 Video: Betacam SP - NTSC - small
      Preservation 827 Video: Betacam SP - NTSC - small

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    The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum purchased this from the National Archives and Records Administration in September 1994.
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    United States. National Archives and Records Administration. Motion Picture Reference
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    Legacy Database File: 55
    Source Archive Number: 111 ADC 4469
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