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Transit camp in Eindhoven

Film | RG Number: RG-60.0172 | Film ID: 4315

Scenes from a transit camp located in the Philips factory in Eindhoven, Netherlands. According to the IWM record, the camp was run by the 506 Detachment, Civil Affairs, and the nationalities of the laborers include Dutch, French, Polish, and Russian.

Adult and children civilians (former foreign forced laborers) and British soldiers in front of military trucks. CUs of a woman talking and laughing with a British soldier. Military truck carrying civilians enters a gated compound. Passengers disembark from the back of the truck. Quick shot of slate indicating 3/15/1945 and cameraman Sgt. Collins; roll 2. Former forced laborers go through some kind of registration or other official process. Man in civilian clothes sitting behind a table appears to check and cross off names on a list. CUs of individuals going through this process. CU of women holding babies. Refugees enter a doorway carrying suitcases. A man is prevented from entering with his bicycle and told to leave it outside. People go through a line and receive food or medicine packet. At 01:55 a young man wears a P badge or pin of some kind on his lapel (perhaps identifying him as a Polish forced laborer?). CU on the canister indicates that people are receiving “Welfare Biscuits.” Tracking shot of smiling refugees as they relax, eat, and talk. CU of young boy playing an accordion and an older boy playing a mandolin. CU, tapping feet wearing boots.The refugees laugh and goof around.

Production:  1945 March 15
Eindhoven, Netherlands
Accessed at United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of Imperial War Museums
Record last modified: 2021-06-03 12:45:40
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