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German civilians attend funeral services conducted by the pastor of Schwarzenfeld for the 140 Russian, Hungarian, and Polish Jews exhumed from a mass grave near the town.

Photograph | Photograph Number: 76689

German civilians attend funeral services conducted by the pastor of Schwarzenfeld for the 140 Russian, Hungarian, and Polish Jews exhumed from a mass grave near the town.

The victims died while on an evacuation transport from the Flossenbuerg concentration camp.

The original Signal Corps caption reads, "THIRD U.S. ARMY DISCOVERS NAZI ATROCITY. When troops of the 26th Infantry Division, Third U.S. Army, captured Schwarzenfeld, Germany, April 22, 1945, another story of Nazi murder and atrocity was revealed. The Americans discovered that many hundreds of helpless persons, including Allied prisoners-of-war and Polish Jewish slave laborers, had been shot in cold blood by Nazi SS troops, and their bodies thrown into a mass grave. The executions took place on the day before the American forces captured the town. After making official record of the circumstances, U.S. Military Government officers ordered local German civilians to exhume the bodies and provide coffins and a civilized burial for the victims. Schwarzenfeld is 47 miles east of Nuremburg and 28 miles west of the Czechoslovakian border.

BIPPA EA 64388

THIS PHOTO SHOWS: Approximately 500 German civilians and a group of Third Army soldiers attend burial services for the victims. The German pastor conducting the services said local residents were unaware of the atrocity. U.S. Signal Corps Photo ETO-HQ-45-34035.
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CERTIFIED AS PASSED BY SHAEF CENSOR

Photographer
J. Pestareck
Date
1945 April 25
Photo Credit
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of Arnold Bauer Barach
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Record last modified: 2012-11-08 00:00:00
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