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Technical Sergeant Seymour Schenkman stands among the corpses of prisoners exhumed from a mass grave near Nammering.

Photograph | Photograph Number: 04480

Technical Sergeant Seymour Schenkman stands among the corpses of prisoners exhumed from a mass grave near Nammering.

On April 7, 1945, 4,480 inmates of the Buchenwald concentration camp were evacuated by train. The transport, consisted of political prisoners from seventeen different nations, among them Jews. The destination of the evacuation train was Dachau, but on the way, near Plattling, the train was forced to change course due to damaged railroad tracks. The train was diverted to the town of Nammering near Passau. On April 19 at a railroad siding in the vicinity of Nammering, SS troops accompanying the transport under the leadership of Hans Meerbach (or Mehrbach) initiated a massacre of the evacuees. They shot 524 of the prisoners and burned 270 others on the railroad tracks . The bodies of those who were shot were thrown into a ditch; the burned corpses were left on the tracks. Local farmers and the local priest forced Meerbach to halt the killings and to allow for the survivors to be fed. On April 26, the evacuation train continued on its journey via Pocking to Dachau, where the approximately 3,100 survivors were liberated. When the area was taken over by U.S. forces on April 28, the American commander ordered Germans from nearby towns to bury the victims in a number of nearby locations, including Nammering, Fuerstenstein, Eging am See, and Aicha vom Wald.

Date
Circa 1945 May 06
Photo Credit
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of Seymour Schenkman
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Record last modified: 2001-01-02 00:00:00
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