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Under the direction of American soldiers, German civilians exhume the bodies of prisoners from a mass grave 14 km. east of Zeitz.

Photograph | Photograph Number: 80916

Under the direction of American soldiers, German civilians exhume the bodies of prisoners from a mass grave 14 km. east of Zeitz.

On June 18, 1945, the 7th U.S. Army, 69th Infantry Division was notified about a mass grave near Zeitz. The grave was discovered by a Dutch soldier who had been a prisoner for three years in the nearby labor camp of Troeglitz, a sub-camp of Buchenwald. The 400 victims exhumed from the grave were also prisoners of Troeglitz, which provided labor for Brabag (Braunkohle-Benzin AG). All the victims were male and without identification, except for a few with numbers on their tattered and partly decayed clothing. Civilians from the area claimed that the bodies were buried just before the arrival of U.S. Army troops.

Photographer
Ernest J. Braun
Date
1945 June 18
Photo Credit
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of National Archives and Records Administration, College Park
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Record last modified: 2003-10-23 00:00:00
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