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keywords: wwii, european theater, mauthausen concentration camp, nazi death camp, german extermination camp, war atrocities, crimes against humanity, holocaust

Synopsis: Located near Mauthasen Austria the Mauthasen Nazi Death Camp was established August 8, 1938 and liberated by American troops in May 1945 with scenes of the conditions of the extermination camp, ovens used to cremate the bodies of the inmates, piles of dead bodies, skeletal atrocity survivors being cared for, bulldozer digging mass graves for victims of Nazi War Crimes with Allied investigators documenting the death camp for future War Crimes trials and historical record of the Holocaust...(read more)

  • Date: 1945
  • Duration: 00:07:57
  • Sound: Yes
  • Color: Monochrome
  • Type: Public Domain
  • Language: English
  • Location: Austria

Mauthausen Concentration Camp

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Mauthausen Concentration Camp

The prisoners at the Nazi Mauthausen concentration camp was liberated May 5, 1945 by soldiers of the US Army's 41st Cavalry Recon Squadron, 11th Armored Division. Low panning views of Mauthausen Concentration Camp. Images of the ovens used to burn and cremate the bodies of the inmates. Shows a German, believed to be camp Commandant SS Colonel Franz Ziereis, guarded by US soldiers.

Shows an American prisoner, U.S. Naval Officer and Commando Lt. Jack Hedrick Taylor from Hollywood California. Lt. Taylor tells of his capture and treatment by the Nazis. He also reported two American military officers had been executed at Mauthausen. Lt. Taylor shows the dog tags of a Naval Officer and an Army Officer executed by gas. Lt. Taylor tells of the many ways the Germans executed prisoners. Note: Navy Lt. Jack H. Taylor as an OSS officer was a maritime commando in WWII and as such became America's first NAVY SEAL.

Shows piles of dead bodies and various scenes of starving prisoners. Shows German civilians throwing bodies of prisoners onto horse drawn wagons. Shows a bulldozer digging mass graves to bury the dead.

More gruesome scenes of the bodies of prisoners killed or died at Mauthausen.