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Flossenbuerg liberated; POW hospital in Florence

Film | Accession Number: 2010.479.1 | RG Number: RG-60.1268 | Film ID: 2903

(LIB 6223) Probably April 30, 1945. Camera pans from left to right showing an overview of the Flossenbuerg slave labor camp, barracks on hillside, trees and mountains in BG. German civilians gathered at entrance to camp. Inscriptions on concrete gate post. Sign: "Vorsicht! Hochspannung Lebensgefahr" and "Arbeit Macht Frei". CU, electrified barbed wire around top of fence and guard towers. Makeshift handwritten banner on picket fence, "Prisoners Happy End! Welcome!". INT, CU, four naked male survivors: two Jewish, one French, one Polish, with numbers tattooed on their chests. Multiple takes. Pan down to feet (2 have striped uniform pants pulled down). CU survivor's emaciated backside. 02:44:59 SEQ: Former French prisoner in the camp conducts U.S. soldier through underground crematorium (entrance to underground through metal grate). View of camp. Survivors (in regular clothes) splitting and stacking wood. CU "Disinfektion" painted on brick wall. Disposing of hot ash from crematorium into nearby pit. Americans and civilians dig up dead bodies of slave laborers, killed during the death marches, all are clothed. VCU, dead. Three older male civilians talk to soldier. More corpses are dug up and laid side by side in rows. Various CUs, including a bloody chest and a prisoner uniform with a triangular patch and a necklace with a cross.

02:47:51 (LIB 6334) MS Truckload of liberated POWs arrive at a German POW hospital near Florence, Italy. Back of shirts say "PW". Sign: "PBS Prisoner of War Enclosure 334". MS, prisoner of war meets a supply sergeant, reads papers posted to a board, including a Geneva Convention pamphlet ("+ Genfer Convention!"). POWs are supplied with bedding, clothing, and bandages. German prisoners of war going through the food line, eating. INT, liberated American POW lying on his bed reading a U.S. newspaper. CU, another sits on his bed writing a letter. (LIB 6334) MSs, large group of liberated American POWs arrive at Gruna, Germany (?) to find their buddies who greet them and give them K-rations and cigarettes. Good close shots of them eating and talking. They climb into U.S. Army trucks and ride away, passing civilians on the streets.

Event:  1945 April 30
Florence, Italy
Flossenbuerg, Germany
Accessed at United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of National Archives & Records Administration
Record last modified: 2022-07-28 21:56:23
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