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

Synopsis: Located near Dachau Germany the Dachau Nazi Death Camp was the first extermination camp established by the Nazis in 1933 housing political prisoners, habitual criminals and religious dissidents of many nationalities and was liberated April 29, 1945 with scenes of boxcars of skeletal prisoners intermingled with piles of the dead, the gas chambers, canister of cyanide powder used, crematory ovens, starving atrocity survivors with Allied investigators documenting the death camp for future War Crimes trials and historical record of the Holocaust...(read more)

  • Date: 1945
  • Duration: 00:05:55
  • Sound: Yes
  • Color: Monochrome
  • Type: Public Domain
  • Language: English
  • Location: Germany

Dachau Concentration Camp

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Dachau Concentration Camp

Low aerial view of Dachau Concentration Camp, a prison camp for political dissenters, habitual criminals, and religious enthusiast. Sign at Dachau reads "Zentralbauleitung Der Waffen SS U. Polizei Munchen Dachau". Nazi symbol eagle's claws grasping a wreath of oak leaves surrounding a swastika on archway entrance to Dachau concentration camp. Prisoners were from Germany, Poland, Czechoslovakia, France and Holland.

Shows a railroad box car that arrived at Dachau filled with intermingled emaciated bodies of survivors and corpses stacked upon each other. Prisoners bury dead after liberation. Local townspeople are forced to view the dead in the camp. Shows a hugh stack of human bodies of the prisoners.

Shows lines of clothes the prisoners removed thinking they were going to showers. Tour of gas chamber, labeled "Brausebad" or shower bath in English. Shower bath area and dummy shower heads. In the engineer room there were intake and outlet pipes, inflow and outflow gas valves. Shows canister of cyanide powder used to generate the legal smoke. Tour of crematory ovens, shots of bones in oven after cremation of bodies. Shows starving survivors of Dachau.