Buchenwald Atrocities 1945

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    Buchenwald Concentration Camp, Germany.

    Various shots German civilians queuing in town. M/S as they march along towards camp with spades. M/S and C/U dead body being carried over and laid down next to others. Various shots people walking along with spades under armed American army guard. M/S entering camp, various shots as emaciated survivors look curiously at camera. M/S body on ground, a blanket is lifted up to show skeletal frame with ribcage protruding and number written on stomach. M/S two dead inmates on ground. C/U man drinking from cup. M/S survivors sat around can with smoke coming out. M/S group of children looking at camera, others crowd around and look curiously at camera. M/S men carrying out barrels of liquid ? Various shots people marching along. Various shots of the inmates. Survivors stand around dead bodies and take their hats off. M/S emaciated dead bodies. Interior shots showing massive ovens where bodies were burned. M/S dead body on stretcher type chair.

    M/S as oven door is opened to show burnt remains of body. Various shots survivor throwing some object at a door. Various shots people running down a street. Various shots dead bodies near barbed wire where they were shot trying to escape. Various shots emaciated and decaying bodies next to barbed wire. M/S man talking, others stand behind him. Various shots bodies strewn around camp. M/S man walking along with American soldier, he climbs over the barbed wire fence demonstrating escape route to him (?). Various shots of decaying bodies lifted off stretcher and put on ground. C/U decaying face.

    C/U survivors. M/S bodies below in pit. M/S digging mass grave. Various shots as bodies are carried out from pit. Various shots of survivors in the camp. Various shots as American military personnel and officials tour the camp. M/S picking up human bones from a big pile. M/S of the big ovens. Various shots of dead bodies piled up on a trailer. Officials stand and look at them. M/S military people walking out of shed. Various shots of them looking at the bodies. Various shots of the officials looking round the camp. American military vehicles drive through gates. Various shots of people walking around. M/S people sat around fire. M/S men stood looking at bodies. M/S couple of officials in car. M/S ill emaciated people in hospital, officials talk to them.

    Cataloguer's note: this is very disturbing and moving material.

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    British Pathé
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  • Although currently entitled "Buchenwald atrocities", large parts of this footage record an atrocity at Stalag Tekla, near Leipzig. This can be determined by the American helmet used as a makeshift slate at the 05:17 timepoint.

    At Tekla, a number of inmates had been imprisoned in a mess hall as Allied troops approached. The building was then set alight, and as people escaped from the burning building they were gunned down or electrocuted, as some of this graphic footage testifies.

    A slate at 02:19 shows that some of this footage was shot by a cameraman named "Madru", almost certainly Gaston Madru, sadly to be shot dead the following month while going in to Leipzig.

    jamied 20th Jan 2013
  • The lady seen at 07:42 is British MP Mavis Tate. This particular part of the footage is likely to originate from her visit to Buchenwald, more of which can be seen in clip 1153.17.

    jamied 23rd Jan 2013

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