• Short Summary

    Catholic pilgrims, Sue Ryder and Captain Cheshire, visit former Nazi concentration camp.

  • Description

    Title reads: "Pilgrimage to Dachau".

    Various shots British Catholic pilgrims walking towards plane at Blackbushe Aerodrome, Surrey. Various shots interior of plane: we see priest and two women saying rosary.

    G/V pilgrims arriving at Munich airport, Germany. M/S two priests being welcomed by Group Captain Cheshire. C/U sign: "Dachau", pan down to long view of former Nazi concentration camp. Various shots of graves surrounded by trees, pan down to grave stone: "Grave of many thousands unknown". G/V pilgrims being escorted in procession by priest for tour around the Dachau Concentration Camp. Pan to one of the original entrances surrounded by barbed wire. C/U barbed wire and electrical insulators.

    C/U former camp inmate Father Roth talking to war charity worker Sue Ryder. C/U Father Roth. C/U sign at the crematorium. One of the original lookout towers. G/V crematorium. Interior showing the original furnaces where corpses burned. M/S Cheshire with Sue Ryder and priest looking at furnaces. C/U furnace.

    Various library shots of concentration camp at end of World War 2 with starved inmates and emaciated corpses. Low angled shot statue representing a Dachau prisoner, pan down to German inscription which translates: "To the honour of the people who died here and as a reminder to the living". Various shots ex-inmates sitting around a table. G/V pilgrims and bishops entering chapel for all-night vigil. Various shots inside the chapel of pilgrims playing with arms outstretched or with rosaries. C/U Cheshire praying. M/S bishop at altar praying. C/U figure of Christ on cross on altar. Exterior shot of wreath, pan to figure of Christ on cross.

    Note: pilgrimage was organised by Ryder Cheshire Foundation and the All Night Vigil Group. Magazine articles, leaflet and other documentation on file.

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    Pathe newsreels
    British Pathé
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    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:23:17:00 / 01:25:30:00

Comments (1)

  1. Unknown user says

    The pilgrimage began on 1 September 1959.

    "Group Captain Cheshire" is Leonard Cheshire.

    "Father Roth" is Leonard Roth.

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