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American medics evacuate survivors from the Nordhausen concentration camp.

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    American medics evacuate survivors from the Nordhausen concentration camp.
    American medics evacuate survivors from the Nordhausen concentration camp.

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    Caption
    American medics evacuate survivors from the Nordhausen concentration camp.
    Photographer
    William B. Curtis
    Date
    April 1945
    Locale
    Nordhausen, [Thuringia] Germany
    Photo Credit
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of Diane Kathryn Lavett

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    Photo Source
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
    Copyright: United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
    Provenance: Diane Kathryn Lavett
    Source Record ID: Collections: 2010.186.1

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    Biography
    William Bostwick Curtis III was in the OSS, the forerunner of the CIA, during the Second World War. He had been a spy behind enemy lines earlier in the war and his specialty was ordinance. Bill was the official army photographer as the first wave of US Army entered Nordhausen and, earlier, possibly Buchenwald. His rank was 1st Lieutenant at that time, but he remained in the army and eventually retired as a full colonel. He was ordered to hand over all photographs and negatives but obviously did not comply. Bill never discussed his experiences during the Second World War, but he was haunted the rest of his life by them.
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