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American soldiers at an unidentified concentration camp; ruined cities; baseball

Film | RG Number: RG-60.1814 | Film ID: 4166

Three American soldiers on a bridge construction site. Multiple dead bodies both covered and uncovered at a concentration camp. Two legs of a corpse in the door of the crematory furnace. American soldiers stand in front of the Bürgerbräukeller in Munich, Germany. Across the street soldiers stand around washing pots and pans in hot water from which steam rises. Trucks with French? flags carrying large numbers of people drive past.

01:02:38 One soldier sits chatting amongst three young men and four young women. He lights a cigarette and another soldier joins them, smoking a cigar. He tosses trash to the ground. Multiple trucks packed with soldiers drive past. Soldiers carrying the American flag march in formation through the grass, led by the military marching band. Soldiers washing their dishes in hot water.

01:05:56 Destroyed city. Camera tilts down on a destroyed cathedral and then pans right on rubble beneath. American walks through piles of rubble, while smiling at the camera. Another soldier walks in the same path on top of the rubble as the one before him, with a cigarette in his mouth. Another soldier does the same, speaking to the camera. The city in ruins from a moving vehicle. Damaged gothic cathedral with three spires - Cologne Cathedral? Children stand far away in a field. Men and women walk across.

01:08:14 An american soldier brings a baseball bat behind his shoulder, preparing to swing. Behind him many other soldiers are sitting and standing, watching the game. The catcher grabs the ball twice as it hits the ground. A new batter hits the ball and the game continues. They are playing in a wide open field, with trees in the distance.

01:10:33 INT two men, a woman, and a young boy having dinner around a table. A woman smiling in an apron and a younger girl service the table, collecting plates and pouring drinks.

Film Collection Title
Louis Ostrer Collection
Event:  1945
Munich, Germany
Cologne, Germany
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, gift of Steven Ostrer
Record last modified: 2022-07-28 18:14:35
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