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German civilians from the town of Nordhausen dig mass graves for the victims of the Nordhausen concentration camp.

Photograph | Photograph Number: 83810

German civilians from the town of Nordhausen dig mass graves for the victims of the Nordhausen concentration camp.

The original Signal Corps caption reads, "U.S. TROOPS OVERRUN NAZI SLAUGHTER HOUSE. The bodies of hundreds of former slave workers of the Nazis were discovered by soldiers of the Third Armored and 104th Infantry Divisions First U.S. Army, in "Lager-Nordhausen," Nazi concentration camp in Nordhausen, Germany, which usually contained between 3,000 and 4,000 prisoners. The dead lay beside the sick and dying and the Nazi camp masters made no attempt to check the contagious diseases and gangrene suffered by maltreated prisoners of many nationalities. The bodies, which were no more than skeletons, were buried by German civilians who were also forced to dig mass graves. The few prisoners still alive, who had been beaten, maltreated in other ways and starved by the Nazis, have been removed to allied hospitals. Troops of the First U.S. Army entered Nordhausen April 10, 1945. The Reich city, 120 miles southwest of Berlin, was a manufacturing center for Nazi V-weapons.

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THIS PHOTO SHOWS: Guarded by a soldier of the First U.S. Army, civilians of Nordhausen, Germany, dig mass graves for the bodies of the camp inmates. U.S. Signal Corps Photo ETO-HQ-45-32273
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CERTIFIED AS PASED BY SHAEF CENSOR

Date
1945 April 14
Photo Credit
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of Nancy & Michael Krzyzanowski
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Record last modified: 2012-11-09 00:00:00
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