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Photo album page showing the crematoria and gas chambers in Buchenwald.

Photograph | Photograph Number: 44606

Photo album page showing the crematoria and gas chambers in Buchenwald.

Original caption reads: "Buchenwald was the home of Ilsa Koch, wife of the Commandant. She was known as the "bitch of Buchenwald", an insult to every dog who ever lived. She had her inmates tatooed in various designs, then had them killed, then skinned and their hides tanned to make book bindings, lamp shades, and other articles. I saw these things! One story has it that she enjoyed sexual intercourse with her victims- this may be apocryphal. These "meat hooks" were used on the bodies of humans!

(the creamatorium)

Our English speaking guide later proved to be a Belgian renegade prisoner who worked for the Nazis. I believe he was summarily executed some days later."

Date
1945 April 11
Photo Credit
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of Tom Morgan
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Record last modified: 2013-01-09 00:00:00
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