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An American soldier watches German civilians remove corpses piled behind the crematorium of the Dachau concentration camp.

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    An American soldier watches German civilians remove corpses piled behind the crematorium of the Dachau concentration camp.
    An American soldier watches German civilians remove corpses piled behind the crematorium of the Dachau concentration camp.

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    Caption
    An American soldier watches German civilians remove corpses piled behind the crematorium of the Dachau concentration camp.
    Date
    1945 April 29 - 1945 May 05
    Locale
    Dachau, [Bavaria] Germany
    Photo Credit
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of Joseph Wyant

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    Photo Source
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
    Copyright: United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
    Provenance: Joseph Wyant
    Source Record ID: Collections: 1991.220

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    Biography
    Joseph Wyant was born in Greensboro, North Carolina and spent his youth in Atlanta, Georgia. He enlisted in the Army Air Corps shortly after the attack on Pearl Harbor, and was assigned to the Ninth Air Force. With the rank of second lieutenant, he served as a squadron adjutant in North Africa from 1942 until 1943, when his company was moved to England. There he served in the intelligence sector, first as a captain in the bomber squad and later as a major for the entire Ninth Air Force.

    On May 8, 1945 he was sent with his brother Bill, an officer in the Seventh Army who was stationed nearby, to the Dachau concentration camp with instructions to photograph the camp. From there, he traveled to Berchtesgaden, Hitler's mountain retreat, where he continued to documents what he saw. In addition to his photographs, he also wrote a letter to his father describing the camp conditions, which was donated to the USHMM (1991.220). By August of 1945, he had been promoted to lieutenant colonel, and was among fourteen officers selected to chronicle the history of the Ninth Air Force throughout the war. Colonel Wyant was honorably discharged from active duty in 1946. [Source: The Skinnie Magazine, Early October 2005, p. 45.]
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