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War Crimes Commission: Leipzig and Penig Concentration Camps

Film | Accession Number: 1994.119.1 | RG Number: RG-60.2285 | Film ID: 876

Foreword: "This is an official document made by U.S. military photographers as they advanced into Germany," etc. Two exhibited affidavits attesting to the authenticity of scenes in the film are shown, one signed by Lt Col George E. Stevens and the other by Capt John Ford. A map shows the location of concentration camps in Germany and Europe.

"Leipzig Concentration Camp" MLS, empty field, barbed wire, remaining foundation of burnt out building. Three men stand near bloody and burnt corpse. CUs, piles of burnt bodies by barbed wire. At the Leipzig camp more than 200 were burned alive in a building and others shot down or electrocuted by the barbed wire as they ran to welcome US troops. Russian women, who were liberated, view the camp through the barbed wire.

"Penig Concentration Camp" This camp was filled with Hungarians, many of whom were young girls. Women survivors, seated outside on benches, boarding Red Cross trucks, lying against wall under blankets. U.S. doctors examine and treat victims with gangrenous wounds. Others have fever, TB, etc. MCU room with two beds; CU profile of woman; woman hobbles outside helped by soldiers. Survivors are carried out of the camp on stretchers by the Red Cross. They are taken to a former German Air Force Hospital. Germans are forced to look after the victims. CUs, smiling girls on stretchers as well as patients in the hospital being treated by U.S. medics.

Event:  1945
Production:  1945
Leipzig, Germany
Penig, Germany
Accessed at United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of National Archives & Records Administration
Record last modified: 2022-07-28 22:02:58
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