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Hinzert camp in 1946; repatriation of victims' bodies to Luxembourg city

Film | RG Number: RG-60.0169 | Film ID: 4314

Includes original French intertitles. Musical accompaniment and end titles added by Centre national de l'audiovisual Luxembourg in 2003.

On March 9, 1946, the bodies of Luxembourgers who died at SS-Sonderlager Hinzert in 1942 were repatriated to Luxembourg city. Amateur filmmaker Alphonse Wirion accompanied the convoy to Hinzert and filmed the camp at length (what was left of it), including barracks, barbed wire fences, watchtowers, debris. Then he searched the woods around the camp, exhumed the bones and the bodies that were lined up in an empty shack. The filmmaker then follows the trucks of the Army who bring the mortal remains to Luxembourg. The French Army pays the honors for the crossing at Hermeskeil. At Wasserbillig, the crowd waits for convoys. Some wear the striped uniform of the concentration camps. A crowd gathers at the edge of the road. In the city of Luxembourg, the convoy is received by Luxembourg personalities at the Place d'Armes where a chapel has been installed. The bodies are buried in the cemetery of Notre-Dame during an official ceremony.

Event Date
1946 March 09
Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
Rhineland, Germany
Accessed at US Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of Centre national de l'audiovisuel
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Record last modified: 2018-11-27 10:54:42
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