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The bodies of prisoners killed in the Nordhausen concentration camp lie in mass graves dug by German civilians under orders from American troops.

Photograph | Photograph Number: 66288

The bodies of prisoners killed in the Nordhausen concentration camp lie in mass graves dug by German civilians under orders from American troops.

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: Bodies on stretchers line a strip between the mass graves which are filled with the skeleton-like corpses of the former slaves to the Nazi war machine. The victims await burial by German civilians. U.S. Signal Corps Photo ETO-HQ-45-32214.
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Photographer
D. P. Elliot
Date
1945 April 13 - 1945 April 14
Photo Credit
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of Harold Royall
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