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The bodies of 140 Hungarian, Russian, and Polish Jews exhumed from a mass grave near the town of Schwarzenfeld are laid out on the ground.

Photograph | Photograph Number: 78851

The bodies of 140 Hungarian, Russian, and Polish Jews exhumed from a mass grave near the town of Schwarzenfeld are laid out on the ground.

The victims died while on an evacuation transport from the Flossenbuerg concentration camp.

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 64392

THIS PHOTO SHOWS: This closeup of a group of the victims shows that some of the bodies are mere skin and bones, the result of prolonged under-nourishment at the hands of the Nazis. U.S. Signal Corps Photo ETO-HQ-45-34028.
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Photographer
Edward Belfer
Date
1945 April 25
Photo Credit
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of National Archives and Records Administration, College Park
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Record last modified: 2012-11-09 00:00:00
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