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Top photo shows gibbet (gallows at Buchenwald. Bottom photo shows German civilians being forced to dig graves for victims in Buchenwald.

Photograph | Photograph Number: 44609

Top photo shows gibbet (gallows at Buchenwald. Bottom photo shows German civilians being forced to dig graves for victims in Buchenwald.

Original caption reads:

Top Photo:
"The gibbet at Buchenwald"

Bottom Photo:
"German civilians forced to dig graves for victims (Patton's idea)

"Inside the barbed wire fence there was complete quiet. In the center of the parade there was a tight ring of perhaps a dozen German guards in uniform. They had lingered too long and some of the inmates had found guns and used them. The guards were sprawled, freshly dead. A man soon appeared in prison garb and offered in British English to show us around. Inside the vast prison barracks several hundred inmates lay on four-tiered bunks of plain boards crowded together so there was scarce two feet of walk space between tiers. Many of the men were living dead, already too starved to be saved. As I watched, one raised himself on one elbow and waved a welcome. Then he fell back dead. Our English speaking guide aroused suspicions- he was fat!"

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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