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Himmler & Bach-Zelewski visit camp in Minsk

Film | Accession Number: 1991.257.1 | RG Number: RG-60.0423 | Film ID: 233

Title: "A Visit to a Camp Near Minsk" Heinrich Himmler visits Minsk and a concentration camp near Minsk. Himmler with group of German officers, including Erich von dem Bach-Zelewski, Karl Wolff, Otto Bradfisch (Leader of Einsatzkommando 8, Einsatzgruppe B). Minsk streets. Greets small line of uniformed men and salutes people on balcony. His car leaves city. MS Himmler seated in car, Bach-Zelewski far right, gestures to local woman wearing kerchief. Himmler and others including Wolff walk through field of cut wheat, talk to young boy who answers. Himmler looks at front end of Russian farm equipment and walks past houses being built. Car leaves huge compound known as Lenin House that serves as SS/SD headquarters. Drives through Minsk, views of destruction. Outside town, walks into wire enclosed compound, met by German Wehrmacht officers. Walks right along wire on other side of which are many Soviet POWs, talks to one prisoner and inspects camp, accompanied by Bach-Zelewski, Karl Wolff, Otto Bradfisch and others. Last shot includes glimpse of Otto Bradfisch far right.

Himmler's visit is known to have taken place in mid-August 1941, at the same time he observed a mass execution by shooting, carried out by Einsatzkommando 8 on 15 August 41.

(Possibly Drozdy Camp outside Minsk, with a mixed population of prisoners.)

Film Title
The Nazi Plan
Event Date
1941 August 15
Minsk, Soviet Union
Accessed at US Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of National Archives & Records Administration
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Record last modified: 2018-08-08 16:28:49
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