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An American investigator from the 79th Infantry Division, U.S. Ninth Army interrogates Dietrich Klagges (right), the former Minister President of Braunschweig and a Lieutenant General in the SS, during his incarceration in the Recklinghausen internment camp. Klagges was in Recklinghausen while being investigated for his responsibility in the murder of captured American pilots and mistreatment of slave laborers.

Photograph | Photograph Number: 77587

An American investigator from the 79th Infantry Division, U.S. Ninth Army interrogates Dietrich Klagges (right), the former Minister President of Braunschweig and a Lieutenant General in the SS, during his incarceration in the Recklinghausen internment camp. Klagges was in Recklinghausen while being investigated for his responsibility in the murder of captured American pilots and mistreatment of slave laborers.

When U.S. Ninth Army troops captured the concentration camp for Soviet civilians located near Recklinghausen, Germany, they converted it into a separation center for prisoners of war and war criminals. After the first German prisoners arrived at the camp they were sent to the interrogation department, which was supervised by Captain Harold Puttfer and Lieutenant H. Goodman. The camp had three sections called "cages." One of these was for women, another for persons incarcerated for minor offenses, and the third for hardened criminals. All three sections were filled to capacity, totalling 20,000 prisoners.

Photographer
A.R. Pilgrene
Date
1945 May 03
Photo Credit
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of National Archives and Records Administration, College Park
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