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Corpses in Gusen prior to their removal and burial by Austrian civilians.

Photograph | Photograph Number: 15665

Corpses in Gusen prior to their removal and burial by Austrian civilians.

The original Signal Corps caption reads,
"GUSEN CONCENTRATION CAMP
The Gusen concentration camp near Linz, Austria, was captured by troops of the 11th Armored Division, Third U.S. Army. It was the scene of lingering death, hard work, bestiality and mass exterminations. The total number of prisoners killed in Gusen, and the maximum number held in it, were facts not known at the time these photographs were taken May 12, 1945. Even after the arrival of the American troops, the inmates continued to die from advanced starvation at the rate of 100 each day. Inmates told investigators the camp was primarily for political prisoners from all over Europe. Investigators have learned, however, that at one time an unknown number of American flyers were killed at Gusen. The prisoners worked in nearby stone quarries until they were too weak to stand, then they were killed by the Germans. Gusen was equipped with a gas chamber, a crematory and those usual efficient means the Germans used for disposal of their murdered victims. Third Army troops found dead bodies in filthy beds, garbage dumps, streets, carts, storage rooms and in refrigerated rooms where some were placed to await cremation. German civilians were forced by the Americans to remove the decomposing bodies for decent burial.

BIPPA EA 66777

THIS PHOTO SHOWS: Some of these men died in a gas chamber, some from starvation in bed. The bodies were removed by German civilians and loaded into wagons for decent burial. U.S. Signal Corps Photo ETO-HQ-45-46598.
SERVICED BY LONDON OWI (INNER FULL)
CERTIFIED AS PASSED BY SHAEF CENSOR

Date
1945 May 05 - 1945 May 12
Photo Credit
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of National Archives and Records Administration, College Park
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