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  • Short Summary

    Very distressing footage of Buchenwald Concentration Camp victims in Germany.

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    Unissued / Unused material.

    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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    Unissued unused
    British Pathé
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    4K at Filmfinity
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:00:02:00 / 01:12:46:00
    UN 1025 A

Comments (3)

  1. Unknown user says

    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.

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  2. Unknown user says

    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.

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  3. Lakomee says

    I was there in Buchenwald from either March or April 1942 until April 1945. I was a child of 5 1/2 years old when I arrived there, and I can tell you that what you see here is not anything near enough to what it was really like. I was ( I suppose you could say I was lucky) given the job of looking after the dogs (which they used to attack the inmates) therefore I was able to eat dog food, even if it was raw meat. I got on better with the dogs than some of their handlers. Come the time of liberation and I had typhus and in the hospital there (for what it was) they had no medication what so ever.
    After I recovered I was sent to Switzerland to learn how to live again, and that took 3 years.
    Alan Dainty

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