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The corpses of prisoners killed just prior to the evacuation of Auschwitz-Birkenau tumble out of a shed into the snow when it is opened after the liberation.

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    The corpses of prisoners killed just prior to the evacuation of Auschwitz-Birkenau tumble out of a shed into the snow when it is opened after the liberation.
    The corpses of prisoners killed just prior to the evacuation of Auschwitz-Birkenau tumble out of a shed into the snow when it is opened after the liberation.

Original caption:  "A store of "human fuel", handily by the ovens.  The shed was full of bodies piled up to the ceiling.  When the doors were opened, some cadavers tumbled out."

    Overview

    Caption
    The corpses of prisoners killed just prior to the evacuation of Auschwitz-Birkenau tumble out of a shed into the snow when it is opened after the liberation.

    Original caption: "A store of "human fuel", handily by the ovens. The shed was full of bodies piled up to the ceiling. When the doors were opened, some cadavers tumbled out."
    Date
    January 1945
    Locale
    Auschwitz, [Upper Silesia] Poland
    Variant Locale
    Brzezinka
    Birkenau
    Auschwitz III
    Monowitz
    Auschwitz II
    Photo Credit
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of Mark Chrzanowski
    Event History
    One of a set of 32 still photographs from motion picture film taken by Henryk Makarewicz (of Nova Huta, Poland) who was a film cameraman in the Polish Berling Army when it entered the liberated Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp in mid-January 1945. According to a memo written in 1962 by the director of the State Museum of Auschwitz-Birkenau, Kazimierz Smolen, soon after the collection was purchased from the photographer, Makarewicz was instructed to film the various sections of the camp, including funeral pyres and crematoria ruins. The cameraman used 24 x 35mm. motion picture film and made the stills from the film at the end of January 1945.

    [Source: "Protokol," State Museum of Auschwitz-Birkenau, Syg.F/43-74 (4 April 1962).]

    See "Auschwitz Main Camp" in Encyclopedia of Camps and Ghettos Volume 1 Part A. "Auschwitz"
    See Also https://www.ushmm.org/wlc/en/article.php?ModuleId=10005189.
    See Also https://www.ushmm.org/wlc/en/article.php?ModuleId=10005131.

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    Photo Source
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
    Copyright: United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
    Provenance: Mark Chrzanowski
    Source Record ID: Collections: 2006.174

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    2003-07-21 00:00:00
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