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Bulldozers and US Army engineers unearth corpses in the rubble of destroyed buildings

Film | Accession Number: 2005.486.1 | RG Number: RG-60.4384 | Film ID: 2800

The NARA record states that this film shows "the rubble of a European town devastated by Germans." Civilians and US Army soldiers (engineers?) watch as a bulldozer clears the rubble from a bombed building. After the bulldozers have moved the large pieces of debris, the soldiers use shovels to continue digging for bodies of those buried in the ruins. Soldiers escort a distraught man away from where they are digging. A long shot of several devastated houses, then a shot of what used to be the interior of a house, with a photo still hanging on the wall. A woman digs through the rubble piled on her balcony. A weeping woman holds a baby. Excavated corpses, some of them children, lie in the grass. Close-ups of the corpses. Another shot of the distraught man as he is comforted by other men, who are also weeping.


Duration
00:03:33
Date
Event:  1945
Locale
Europe
Language
Silent
Genre/Form
Unedited.
Credit
Accessed at United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of National Archives & Records Administration
 
Record last modified: 2020-09-22 13:11:17
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