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Film | Accession Number: 2000.621.1 | RG Number: RG-60.2634 | Film ID: 2300

War Department Information Film showing German concentration camps and victims of Auschwitz, Majdanek, Treblinka, Belsen, Buchenwald, and other camps.

Townspeople of Gardelegen, Germany, carrying crosses to a local barn containing 1100 victims of the Holocaust. Various CUs barbed wire, tower, pan of barracks, up hill. "Arbeit macht frei" gate opened. Waving happy survivors in striped uniforms behind barbed wire, crowd cheering (from above). Survivors rush to potato cart and eat with spoons. Crying, sick survivor with hands together in prayer carried on litter to ambulance by Red Cross. More victims. Allied physicians examine sick and injured victims at Auschwitz: wounded men, women, child, infant in fetal position in bed. Allied leaders tour camps. Gen. Eisenhower and other officers visit Ohrdruf, torture demonstration. Archbishop of Canterbury and other church dignitaries visit camps. Soviet leaders. Allied Investigative Committee. Stack of corpses in dark room. Crematoria, pan of ash outside in courtyard. Majdanek, torture chamber, medical room, various equipment, drains, tables, gas chamber ceiling, vent, pipes, Zyklon B cans, ovens. Auschwitz, bones in a box, soldiers walk past high piles of victims' belongings, including clothes, shoes, dolls, bales of hair cut open. Soldiers going through storage room in Buchenwald. MS, pan, boxes of watches, glasses, jewelry, teeth. US soldier pours gold teeth out of box. Death train at Dachau with many bodies. Corpse pulled out of moat. Pan down to ground covered with corpses. CUs mutilated faces. Corpses of Soviet POWS burned in the Gardelegen atrocity. German POW at Mauthausen. Belsen commandant Josef Kramer and female guards accompanied by a British soldier. A witness (inmate?) talking to US investigation at Hadamar. The chief physician is Dr. Adolf Wahlmann, and the man identified as the "camp commander" is actually Karl Willig, a nurse. Both men were tried at the Hadamar euthanasia trial in October, 1945. EXT mass graves at Hadamar and exhumations. Corpses at different concentration camps as the narrator describes methods used to kill them. Emaciated and wounded survivors from various camps - in very bad shape. Forced confrontation in Weimar. Townspeople and Nazi officials forced to view corpses. Column of German civilians walking along road, smiling into camera, walking through front gates of Buchenwald. Viewing coffins, bodies, sober faces, crying. Flashback to Nuremberg rally; superimposed over German civilians after forced confrontation.

Event Date
Mauthausen, Austria
Nordhausen, Germany
Auschwitz, Poland
Buchenwald, Germany
Belsen, Germany
Dachau, Germany
Gardelegen, Germany
Leipzig, Germany
Accessed at US Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of The National Center for Jewish Film at Brandeis University
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