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German civilians from Ludwigslust file past the corpses and graves of 200 prisoners from the nearby concentration camp of Woebbelin. The townspeople were forced by U.S. troops to bury the corpses on the palace grounds of the Archduke of Mecklenburg.

Photograph | Photograph Number: 19144A

German civilians from Ludwigslust file past the corpses and graves of 200 prisoners from the nearby concentration camp of Woebbelin. The townspeople were forced by U.S. troops to bury the corpses on the palace grounds of the Archduke of Mecklenburg.

A sub-camp of Neuengamme, Woebbelin was captured by British and American troops on 4 May 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 first see Woebbelin and then bury the bodies of prisoners in their towns. The largest number of bodies, ca. 200, was buried in Ludwigslust on the palace grounds of the Archduke of Mecklenburg. A slightly smaller number was 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.

Photographer
Fred Frater
Date
1945 May 07
Photo Credit
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of Fred Frater
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