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The population of Ludwigslust digs graves on the palace grounds of the Archduke of Mecklenburg, where they have been forced by U.S. troops to bury the bodies of prisoners killed in the Woebbelin concentration camp.

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    The population of Ludwigslust digs graves on the palace grounds of the Archduke of Mecklenburg, where they have been forced by U.S. troops to bury the bodies of prisoners killed in the Woebbelin concentration camp.
    The population of Ludwigslust digs graves on the palace grounds of the Archduke of Mecklenburg, where they have been forced by U.S. troops to bury the bodies of prisoners killed in the Woebbelin concentration camp.

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    The population of Ludwigslust digs graves on the palace grounds of the Archduke of Mecklenburg, where they have been forced by U.S. troops to bury the bodies of prisoners killed in the Woebbelin concentration camp.
    Date
    1945 May 07
    Locale
    Ludwigslust, [Mecklenburg] Germany
    Photo Credit
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of Dr. Alfred B. Sundquist
    Event History
    Woebbelin, a sub-camp of Neuengamme, was captured by British and American troops on May 4, 1945. Upon entering the camp, the liberators discovered nearly 4,000 prisoners, one-quarter of whom were already dead. Outraged by what they found, the ranking Allied commanders in the area forced civilians from the nearby towns of Schwerin, Hagenow, and Ludwigslust to view the concentration camp and then bury the bodies of prisoners in their towns. Approximately 200 bodies were buried in Ludwigslust on the grounds of the palace of the Archduke of Mecklenburg. A somewhat smaller number were buried in the garden of the leading Nazi official in Hagenow and 80 bodies were interred in Schwerin. Every fourth grave was marked at each site with a Star of David in honor of the unidentified Jewish dead.

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    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
    Copyright: United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
    Provenance: Dr. Alfred B. Sundquist

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