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Portrait of three survivors of the Schwartzenfeld atrocity,

Photograph | Photograph Number: 51043

Portrait of three survivors of the Schwartzenfeld atrocity,

Original Caption: "These three Polish Jews escaped the fate of many of their comrades. They hid in a cellar of a nearby home during an American air attack on the area and remained there until the arrival of Third Army troops.

When the troops of the 26th Infantry Divion, Third U.S. Army, captured Schwarzenfeld, Germany, April 22, 1945, another story of Nazi murder and atrocity was revealed. The Americans discovered that many hundreds of helpless persons, including allied prisoners-of-war and Polish Jewish slave laborers, had been shot in cold blood by Nazi SS troops, and their bodies thrown into a mass grave. The execution took place one day before the American forces captured the town. Schwarzenfeld is 47 miles east of Nuremberg and 28 miles west of the Czechoslovakian border."

The original Signal Corps caption reads, "THIRD U.S. ARMY DISCOVERS NAZI ATROCITY. When troops of the 26th Infantry Division, Third U.S. Army, captured Schwarzenfeld, Germany, April 22, 1945, another story of Nazi murder and atrocity was revealed. The Americans discovered that many hundreds of helpless persons, including Allied prisoners-of-war and Polish Jewish slave laborers, had been shot in cold blood by Nazi SS troops, and their bodies thrown into a mass grave. The executions took place on the day before the American forces captured the town. After making official record of the circumstances, U.S. Military Government officers ordered local German civilians to exhume the bodies and provide coffins and a civilized burial for the victims. Schwarzenfeld is 47 miles east of Nuremburg and 28 miles west of the Czechoslovakian border.

BIPPA EA 64393

THIS PHOTO SHOWS: These three Polish Jews escaped the fate of many of their comrades. They hid in a cellar of a nearby home during an American air attack on the area and remained there until the arrrival of Third Army troops. U.S. Signal Corps Photo ETO-HQ-45-34027.
SERVICED BY LONDON OWI TO LIST B
CERTIFIED AS PASSED BY SCHAEF CENSOR

Date
1945 April 22 - 1945 April 22
Photo Credit
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of Joseph Eaton
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Record last modified: 2014-11-19 00:00:00
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