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56th Armored Engineer Battalion arrives at Mauthausen to bury the dead

Film | Digitized | Accession Number: 1991.A.0015 | RG Number: RG-60.3930 | Film ID: 2694

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    56th Armored Engineer Battalion arrives at Mauthausen to bury the dead

    Overview

    Description
    The 11th US Armored Division advances through Germany, Czechoslovakia, and Austria. Includes scenes of surrendering enemies and the 56th Armored Engineer Battalion at the liberation of Mauthausen.

    Color: Countryside from moving tank. Liberation of German town: flames, civilians, some waving white flags, church. Views of German civilians from tank as US army passes through, 2 men with armbands carry a Red Cross flag. US soldiers marching along road (dark) and through town. Shots of farm animals and barns on fire. 01:22:26 Group of men - brewery workers - exiting building with arms raised. Women and men forced to haul stones, watched by US Army soldiers. US soldiers on tank, countryside, fires. 01:23:48 Good close shots of German field hospital soldiers, lined up, carrying belongings, marching. Entering village in Czechoslovakia, civilians with white flags. In Austria, LS fields, tanks. Facades of buildings demolished, devastated civilians. 01:27:34 German soldiers running along road with arms raised, US snipers in field, LS of Germans running, fighting. Red Cross truck with 2 stretchers, more civilians surrender.

    01:29:47 Black and white: Soft pan of buildings at Mauthausen, barracks, kitchen with 2 chimneys, double electrified fence. Survivors sleeping on cots, emaciated. Closer view of barbed wire. Pile of wooden coffins. US flag, guard tower. Pan, stone wall. HAS, camp buildings and barracks. Rooftops, Danube River in BG. Fast pan around fields. Engineers with the 56th Armored bury bodies in trenches, Austrian civilians shoveling dirt into pit. Pan of graves, bulldozer pushes dirt to fill mass grave. 01:37:24 Emaciated survivors, waiting in food line. INT, good MSs, women on bunks. Stone fence, gates, quarry. 01:39:22 Repeat of previous scene with CUs of women in bunks in slow motion.
    Duration
    00:26:56
    Date
    Event:  April-May 1945
    Locale
    Mauthausen, Austria
    Germany
    Czechoslovakia
    Credit
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, gift of Robert Zimmer
    Contributor
    Camera Operator: Raymond S. Buch
    Biography
    Sgt. Raymond S. Buch was a member of the 56th Armored Engineer Battalion of the 11th Armored Division of the US Army and was present at the liberation of Mauthausen. His engineering battalion was brought to Mauthausen to bury the dead. Refer to the oral history interview with Mr. Buch recorded in December 1989 (RG-50.030*0045).

    Physical Details

    Language
    Silent
    Genre/Form
    Amateur.
    B&W / Color
    Color
    Image Quality
    Poor
    Time Code
    02:36:00:00 to 03:02:56:00
    Film Format
    • Master
    • Master 2694 Video: One Inch - 1 inch - color - NTSC
      Master 2694 Film: 8 mm - color
      Master 2694 Film: 8 mm - color
      Master 2694 Video: One Inch - 1 inch - color - NTSC
      Master 2694 Film: 8 mm - color
      Master 2694 Film: 8 mm - color
      Master 2694 Video: One Inch - 1 inch - color - NTSC
      Master 2694 Film: 8 mm - color
      Master 2694 Film: 8 mm - color
      Master 2694 Video: One Inch - 1 inch - color - NTSC
      Master 2694 Film: 8 mm - color
      Master 2694 Film: 8 mm - color
    • Preservation
    • Preservation 2694 Video: Betacam SP - color - NTSC - large
      Preservation 2694 Video: Betacam SP - color - NTSC - large
      Preservation 2694 Video: Betacam SP - color - NTSC - large
      Preservation 2694 Video: Betacam SP - color - NTSC - large
    • User
    • User 2694 Video: VHS - 1/2 inch - color
      User 2694 Video: VHS - 1/2 inch - color
      User 2694 Video: VHS - 1/2 inch - color
      User 2694 Video: VHS - 1/2 inch - color

    Rights & Restrictions

    Conditions on Access
    You do not require further permission from the Museum to access this archival media.
    Copyright
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
    Conditions on Use
    The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum places no restrictions on use of this material. You do not require further permission from the Museum to reproduce or use this film footage.

    Keywords & Subjects

    Administrative Notes

    Film Provenance
    Robert Zimmer donated these 8mm films and a videotape to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in December 1989 [Accession no. 1991.A.0015]. The video compiles photographs and film clips of the liberation at Mauthausen and is narrated by the cameraman, Ray Buch. In 1989, Ray Buch donated several documents, photographs, pamphlets, newspaper clippings, posters, maps, films, and objects related to the US Army's 11th Armored Division and their liberation of Mauthausen; consequently, the film may also be noted with Accession no. 1989.324.56.
    Note
    01:17:54-01:43:31

    Timecodes starting with 02: refer to the Master and User (VHS) copies. Timecodes starting with 01: refer to the Protection (Beta SP) copy.

    Some of this footage appeared in the USHMM special exhibition on Liberation.
    Copied From
    8mm
    Film Source
    Zimmer, COL Robert
    File Number
    Legacy Database File: 4113
    Record last modified:
    2024-02-21 08:04:42
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