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POW camp; destroyed railyards; the Alps; US military discover Dachau death trains; destroyed Munich

Film | Digitized | Accession Number: 2002.535.1 | RG Number: RG-60.3830 | Film ID: 2464

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    POW camp; destroyed railyards; the Alps; US military discover Dachau death trains; destroyed Munich

    Overview

    Description
    (black and white) LS of a POW (?) camp surrounded by wire fencing, inmates moving about, a watch tower is visible in FG. Camp is located in a large open field with mountains in BG. Planes fly overhead. On nearby road, two women in civilian dress walk along carrying luggage. Notice the camp's proximity to the main road. Two US soldiers along road get out of a "HQ1" vehicle and look at destroyed railway carriages, there are many of them. 01:01:42 Road with destroyed buildings and cars, tanks and turned over military vehicles. MS of soldier, possibly Col. Dockum. 01:03:10 Sign, "Liege 56K, Houffalize 15K". Destroyed car, trees. A local woman rides by on a bicycle. City on river bank, likely Liege, Belgium. Cranes at shipyard along river. More shots of destroyed railway carriages. 01:04:49 HAS, US soldiers resting, seated, and milling about on harbor. Manicured streets, houses. US soldiers walk towards a 2-3 story building.

    01:05:34 (color) LS, of a large complex of buildings, shots are underexposed.

    01:05:49 (black and white) Aerial shots from a military aircraft of the Alps and villages. CU of US soldier in cockpit, flying plane.

    01:09:57 (color) Sign, "Hattenholen". 108th Army Battalion discovers Dachau. Grassy field. Sign for Munich. Panning inside railcars with corpses in striped uniforms and debris. "OFF LIMITS" is painted on the side of one of the cars. This is the death train discovered by American troops on April 29, 1945. The train consisted of 30 rail cars with nearly 5,000 prisoners who had been evacuated from Buchenwald in the last days of the war. Two US soldiers stand guard at a long line of rail cars, another CU inside car, a camp inmate is lying, curled in ball, with his back to the camera, wearing a striped uniform. MS, a pile of wooden coffins, pan to stacks of corpses. 01:11:48 Soldier photographs inside a shed or barracks full of corpses, while a prisoner in a striped uniform at right looks at a pile of corpses.

    Scenes in the town outside of the camp, destroyed buildings, civilians riding along street on bicycles, a man with a white armband on a bicycle as a line of US army vehicles drives by, more scenes of bombed out buildings. German civilians (women and children) pushing their belongings on a wooden cart through the streets, US military tanks, jeeps, supply vehicles and the "HQ1" car move out of the town.
    Duration
    00:14:08
    Date
    Event:  1944-1945
    Locale
    Dachau, Germany
    Belgium
    Munich, Germany
    Liege, Belgium
    Credit
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, gift of Pam S. Manix
    Contributor
    Camera Operator: Wilbur G. Dockum
    Biography
    Colonel Wilbur G. Dockum (1891-1976) served in World War I and was one of Gen. George Patton's under commanders during World War II. He was with the 692nd Field Artillery Battalion of the US Army and served in the European theater of war. He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

    Physical Details

    Language
    Silent
    Genre/Form
    Amateur.
    B&W / Color
    Color
    Image Quality
    Mixed
    Time Code
    00:59:59:00 to 01:14:07:00
    Film Format
    • Master
    • Master 2464 Film: positive - 16 mm - b&w and color - print - Kodak
      Master 2464 Video: Betacam SP - color - PAL - small
      Master 2464 Film: positive - 16 mm - b&w and color - print - Kodak
      Master 2464 Video: Betacam SP - color - PAL - small
      Master 2464 Film: positive - 16 mm - b&w and color - print - Kodak
      Master 2464 Video: Betacam SP - color - PAL - small
      Master 2464 Film: positive - 16 mm - b&w and color - print - Kodak
      Master 2464 Video: Betacam SP - color - PAL - small
    • Preservation
    • Preservation 2464 Film: negative - 16 mm - polyester - color - internegative - A-wind - Kodak - 3272
      Preservation 2464 Video: Betacam SP - color - NTSC - small
      Preservation 2464 Video: Betacam SP - color - NTSC - small
      Preservation 2464 Film: negative - 16 mm - polyester - color - internegative - A-wind - Kodak - 3272
      Preservation 2464 Video: Betacam SP - color - NTSC - small
      Preservation 2464 Video: Betacam SP - color - NTSC - small
      Preservation 2464 Film: negative - 16 mm - polyester - color - internegative - A-wind - Kodak - 3272
      Preservation 2464 Video: Betacam SP - color - NTSC - small
      Preservation 2464 Video: Betacam SP - color - NTSC - small
      Preservation 2464 Film: negative - 16 mm - polyester - color - internegative - A-wind - Kodak - 3272
      Preservation 2464 Video: Betacam SP - color - NTSC - small
      Preservation 2464 Video: Betacam SP - color - NTSC - small
    • User
    • User 2464 Film: positive - 16 mm - color - print
      User 2464 Film: positive - 16 mm - color - print
      User 2464 Film: positive - 16 mm - color - print
      User 2464 Film: positive - 16 mm - color - print

    Rights & Restrictions

    Conditions on Access
    You do not require further permission from the Museum to access this archival media.
    Copyright
    Manix, Pam S.
    Conditions on Use
    The Museum does not own the copyright for this material and does not have authority to authorize third party use. For permission, please contact the rights holder, Ms. Pam Manix.

    Keywords & Subjects

    Administrative Notes

    Film Provenance
    These 16mm films shot by a U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel (the uncle of donor Pam S. Manix) were donated to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in February 2002.
    Note
    Original film title card: "Dachau Germany, Liege 1944 (?), Mattenheim (?), Munich (?)"
    Film Source
    Manix, Pam S.
    File Number
    Legacy Database File: 4051
    Record last modified:
    2024-02-21 08:00:09
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