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Liberation of Nordhausen; Red Cross; V2 rockets

Film | RG Number: RG-60.2696 | Film ID: 962

Shot of stretchers containing emaciated corpses, name "Orlich" and number written on body. Stevens and Moffat talking through window to inmate in striped coat. Inmates in striped coats talking to Stevens and others. Panning shot of camp buildings - Dora in Nordhausen. Bare trees in BG. VS of camp. Small sign reads: "Holzverwertung." Inmate in striped uniform with red cross walks past sign. CU of ambulances and Red Cross tent. Series of Red Cross tents at side of an airfield by ambulances (LoC cataloger's handwritten annotations indicate that this footage is not from Nordhausen, but from another site, and that the prisoner is a French POW). LS, pan of what seems to be a concentration camp in the distance. Shot of unidentified troops in truck, intercut with shots of the camera crew (notes indicate that footage is of Nordhausen again). Shot of jeeps coming from under some kind of camouflage that was built into the side of a mountain. Front jeep has two stars on it. Officers in battle jackets dismount. Two-star general gets in jeep, drives off. General and men have red shoulder patches with white insignia. More shots of camp. Inmate dusting off blanket. GIs, cameramen filming. Corpses covered with blankets on stretchers, pan of concentration camp, MP in FG. Inmates sitting outside of cell block in sun. CU, emaciated inmates in civilian clothes and some striped uniforms. Inmate leaving camp. Olive drab military sedan in FG, stretcher bearers carrying victims past "Holzverwertung" sign. Loaves of bread being carried on stretcher. Elderly bandaged inmate carrying bucket. Sign reads: "Gefahren Zone!" with skull and crossbones. Large metal containers which appear to be connected to gas chambers. Large tubular objects with screens at one end, possibly gas canisters. Pile of tubular objects in CU. Possibly rockets.

NOTE: Stevens talked of going to a place where V2s (rocket engines/jet engines) were produced in the Hartz Mountains. These objects are not officially identified. This is followed by a sequence of underexposed shots that are also unidentifiable.

Event:  1945 April 15
Production:  1945
Nordhausen, Germany
Accessed at United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of Library of Congress
Record last modified: 2021-10-06 16:20:07
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