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Original Caption: "Seventh U.S. Army tankmen use a small knoll in Dachau to fire at fleeing SS guards as they liberated the infamous torture camp.

Photograph | Photograph Number: 51045

Original Caption: "Seventh U.S. Army tankmen use a small knoll in Dachau to fire at fleeing SS guards as they liberated the infamous torture camp.

Horrors worse than those found in the German concentrations camps of Buchenwald and Belsen were discovered in the stinking hell-hole of Dachau, captured by troops pf the 42nd and 45th Infantry Divions of the Seventh U.S. Army April 30, 1945. More than 32,000 prisoners were liberated, among them some Englishmen, Canadians and Americans. The camp was formally surrendered by an SS Lieutenant carrying a white flag, accompanied by a Swiss Red Cross official, but SS troops opened fire as American troops approached the entrance. The Germans were shot down. Three prisoners were electrocuted when they tried to burst throught the electrified barrier to welcome the Americans. SS guards opened fire on other prisoners who went wild with joy and rushed to meet the liberating troops.

Prisoners with access to records said 9,000 people died of hunger, disease or shooting within the past three months at Dachau. Four thousand more perished during cold winter months. When Americans entered the camp, they found 50 open railway cars standing on a siding, apparently full of oiled, dirty clothing but actually found hundreds of corpses piled on top of each other. They also found a row of kennels where fierce dogs were kept to set after escaping men. They discovered gas extermination chambers, incinerators full of naked bodies, bodies marked for dissection and bodies of several small children."

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Date
1945 April 30 - 1945 April 30
Photo Credit
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of Joseph Eaton
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Record last modified: 2013-12-03 00:00:00
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