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Forced burial of death march and concentration camp victims by German civilians; DP camp

Film | Accession Number: 2011.124.1 | RG Number: RG-60.1328 | Film ID: 2921

(LIB 6492) Hagenow, Mecklenburg-Vorpommerin, Germany (now the site of the Hagenow Memorial to the Wöbbelin Camp Victims). LS of German civilians digging rows of graves. Closer shots showing white-sheeted corpses beside each grave. American soldiers wander among the rows, watching the Germans. 02:26:50 German civilians unload large white crosses (grave markers) from a wagon. Three former prisoners, still wearing striped uniforms, walk toward the camera bearing a large wreath. They lay the wreath on the graves. CUs of corpses. 02:27:13 A group of American soldiers, some of them chaplains, and a robed priest, conduct a memorial service. One of the men reads from a clipboard into a microphone. LS of the German civilians who have been forced to attend the service.

02:27:34 (LIB 6501) Unknown location. CU of sign reading: "Crockett Displaced Persons Center," which is also written in German and Russian. LS of dusty camp grounds. Displaced persons (in civilian and military dress) sit in front of a structure decorated with portraits of Roosevelt, Stalin, and Churchill. A line of German civilians enters the camp (?) headed by very small children but with adults or at least older children visible at the back of the line. Some of them seem to be carrying flowers (forced confrontation?). 02:28:03 An American soldier leads a woman to a bench. She shows a large scar on her leg. Two men also show their scars to the camera.

02:28:31 (LIB 6509) Schwerin, Germany. LS of German civilians digging graves in the town square. A man wearing a German officers' overcoat and cap consults a clipboard. He wears a white armband. CUs of men and boys digging graves. LS of large crowd of German civilians. Several clergy members conduct funeral services in the midst of the crowd. A closer shot reveals that the clergymen are standing over graves with white crosses and the occasional Star of David grave marker. An American soldier reads into a microphone. 02:29:34 German civilians walk past the open graves. View down into one of the graves. German officers among the crowd. Men with shovels walk toward the graves and fill them in. See note for more historical information about this event.

Event:  1945
Schwerin, Germany
Hagenau, Germany
Accessed at United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of National Archives & Records Administration
Record last modified: 2022-07-28 21:56:38
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