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Mauthausen liberation; German POW camp; freed Allied POWs

Film | Accession Number: 2011.124.1 | RG Number: RG-60.1332 | Film ID: 2921

(LIB 6086) Former prisoners of war from various Allied countries sit outdoors, cook, and rest. Some of the prisoners (a few look very thin) regard the camera as they walk down the street. Former POWs pile into the backs of several military trucks. 02:55:58 Long line of horse-drawn carts carrying German civilians and their belongings. CUs of some of the people, including a young boy lying on the ground and smiling at the camera. Former POWs walk down the road. Several Roma caravans drive down the road with children running behind, but it is not clear whether they are Roma children.

02:56:45 (LIB 6371) Scenes shot from a moving vehicle as it enters the gate of Mauthausen. Freed prisoners salute and wave their hands. A banner greets the liberating forces in the name of the Spanish antifascists interned at the camp. Good shots of corpses stacked on a cart and in front of a building. 02:57:28 Disabled prisoners on crutches descend a staircase in the camp. See USHMM Photo Archives #77020 for a still of these men. Panning shot of the prisoners. A naked, extremely emaciated man stands outdoors in a muddy courtyard, surrounded by other former prisoners. Overhead shot of an American tank making its way through a crowd of cheering liberated prisoners.

02:58:03 (LIB 6162) Scenes from a POW camp for German prisoners. Prisoners behind barbed wire. Long shot of prison camp with many prisoners. The prisoners receive plates, utensils, blankets, and canned rations. Some of the men are quite young and some are old. They take turns getting water from a cistern. Good long shots of many prisoners and a medical tent in the distance. Prisoners cook and eat outdoors. CU of a young POW.

Event:  1945 April
Mauthausen, Austria
Accessed at United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of National Archives & Records Administration
Record last modified: 2021-06-03 12:51:16
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