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German civilians from the town of Nordhausen bury the bodies of former prisoners found in the Nordhausen concentration camp in a mass grave.

Photograph | Photograph Number: 02067

German civilians from the town of Nordhausen bury the bodies of former prisoners found in the Nordhausen concentration camp in a mass grave.

Original caption reads "The bodies of hundreds of former slave workers of the Nazis were discovered by soldiers of the Third Army, in the "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 the dying and the Nazi camp masters had made no attempt to check the contagious diseases and gangrene suffered by maltreated prisoners of many nationalitites. 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".

Photographer
John R. Briza
Date
1945 April 14
Photo Credit
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of Arnold Bauer Barach
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Record last modified: 2007-04-02 00:00:00
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