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Liberation of Buchenwald and Dachau

Film | Accession Number: 2010.8.1 | RG Number: RG-60.4914 | Film ID: 2881

Narration begins before image. Introduces narrator, Norman Krasna, and the film crew, Capt. Ellis Carter and Lt. William Graf, from the Air Force Film Unit. Entrance to Buchenwald. Crowd of former inmates with a band playing. Inmates preparing food. CU of prisoners, some talking - narration lists different nationalities of Russian, Polish, Hungarian, Belgian, French, Norwegian, Czech, English and American. More shots of inmates cooking, looking out windows. Group shot of young male inmates, plus CU, including Henry Kinast. Four year old prisoner boy is Joseph Schleifstein, born 7 March 1941 in Poland. [See USHMM Photo Archive #85913, #07230]. Dead bodies, laid out and piled. Several shots of starved inmates. 01:59, At Dachau camp, inmates load bodies onto a cart. Two U.S. Army men surveying the Buchenwald camp. More CUs of starved inmates. Soup line feeding former inmates. Image of a loudspeaker used in the camp. Crowd of inmates. CU of a grateful inmate.

01:03:26 Demonstration of the hanging and subsequent beating with a club which inmates received. Panning of a pile of bodies outside crematorium with a brief shot inside. Landscape view of Buchenwald camp and crematorium. CU of a beaten body. Pile of burned corpses, ashes, twisted metal. Lime pit for disposing of bodies, CU of a leg. Pile of ashes/bones outside crematorium. Narration says it represents approximately 70 people. CU of inmate showing bloody mouth. Narration says he's an editor from Warsaw and was hit with a rifle butt.

01:05:04 Line of local Germans from Weimar walking into the camp at Buchenwald. CUs of well-dressed locals walking, surveying camp. Women covering their mouths. Locals looking at human organs in jars on a table. CU of human organs, including half of a severed head rotated on a table. Local woman running with face covered, men and women walking. Display of tattoos on human skin. CU of several tattoos, with pencil pointing out male nipples. Lamp with shade made of human skin. Photograph of woman - narration says it is Ilse Koch, wife of the former camp commandant. CU display of two shrunken heads. Locals filing into camp, walking past pile of bodies with mouths/faces covered. Pile of corpses in the back of a truck. Locals surveying camp, starving inmates, dead bodies. Locals walking shocked through camp. CU of several men and one women, narration explains they are SS of different nationalities, and the wife of the local hangman. CU of beaten bodies/blood covering the ground. Shot of U.S. soldiers looking at bodies strewn on the ground. Several shots of different piles of bodies. CU of corpse, tattoo visible on arm. CU of two U.S. medical officers reactions.

01:10:27 Local German men filing into Dachau, looking at a large pile of corpses. CU of German men. Groups of local men pulling bodies from the pile, throwing them up onto wagons. CU of heads of corpses in the pile. Horses pulling wagons full of corpses down a road.

01:12:15 Interspersed shots of piles of corpses and starved inmates. Final shot of 5-6 naked, starved inmates walking away from the camera.

Film Title
Lest We Forget
Film Collection Title
Norman Krasna Collection
Event:  April 15 and 16, 1945
Production:  1945?
Buchenwald, Germany
Weimar, Germany
Dachau, Germany
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, gift of Beth Krasna
Record last modified: 2022-07-28 22:02:04
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