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Sheets cover the bodies of slave laborers found in a room in the Dortmund POW camp. On the table are the bodies of four young children.

Photograph | Photograph Number: 80833

Sheets cover the bodies of slave laborers found in a room in the Dortmund POW camp. On the table are the bodies of four young children.

The original Signal Corps caption reads, "U.S. TROOPS LIBERATE 4,070 MALTREATED PRISONERS IN DORTMUND.
When Ninth U.S. Army troops captured Dortmund, Germany, April 14, 1945, they liberated 4,070 prisoners and slave laborers of 13 nationalities--men, women and children. The Americans discovered prisoners-of-war and workers too weak from starvation, malnutrition and disease to move. Dozens were found lying in manure piles, ditches and cellars, dying from neglect and lack of medical treatment. Fifty bodies were found in the yard of the German guard barracks, now used as a hospital, unburied and decomposing. These people are now being cared for at the displaced persons center in Dortmund under command of Captain William T. Drake of Wilmington, Ohio. Two Russian doctors and Russian women assist medical corpsmen of the 79th Division of the Ninth Army in caring for them.

PNA EA 64935

THIS PHOTO SHOWS: Sheets cover the bodies of slave laborors and prisonerS-of-war. On the table are four younG children U.S. Signal Corps Photo ETO-HQ-45-34459.
SERVICED BY LONDON OWI TO LIST B-1
CERTIFIED AS PASSED BY SHAEF CENSOR

Photographer
T. J. Austin
Date
1945 April 30
Photo Credit
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of Liliane Yates
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