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Buchenwald Concentration Camp Liberation Volume 2

Public Domain Stock Footage Buchenwald Concentration Camp Liberation Volume 2

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keywords: wwii, buchenwald nazi concentration camp, holocaust, ethnic cleansing, jewish prisoner, political prisoner, war crime, crimes against humanity

Synopsis: Unedited footage shot five days after Buchenwald Concentration Camp was liberated by the U.S. Army. Buchenwald was a Nazi concentration camp established on the Ettersberg (Etter Mountain) near Weimar, Germany in July 1937...(read more)

  • Date: 1945
  • Duration: 00:19:37
  • Sound: No
  • Color: Color
  • Type: Public Domain
  • Language: English
  • Location: Germany

Buchenwald Concentration Camp - Liberation Volume 2

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Buchenwald Concentration Camp - Liberation Volume 2

Footage of Buchenwald Concentration Camp, April 16, 1945, fifth day after liberation.

High AV of crowd of German civilians in main courtyard of Buchenwald, moving about, mix of soldiers and civilians. A male survivor stands in front of a building. Barred window partially visible in BG. Man is wearing what appears to be a uniform coat and looks directly at the camera. CU of his face as he demonstrates facial wounds; he has scars on his face and one eye is swollen shut. Another male prisoner looks right and left and then directly at the camera. Camera pans from toe to head of a woman, against the same wall; she is well dressed in heels and overcoat, her hair is also styled. CU of her face as she looks directly at the camera. A male survivor in a vest, collared shirt, and tie stares at camera; CU of his left cheek with a large scar which runs from under his eye to his chin.

CU survivor in profile, he is wearing cap and speaking to someone off camera. CU of the same man, switches to straight angle, as he continues to speak. CU of another survivor in profile with a goatee and glasses, wearing a cap as he speaks to someone off camera. At one point he turns and speaks directly to the camera. CU of a young man wearing beret and staring. CU of two men wearing berets with a patch/insignia. Two men side by side, leaning out of window, both are dressed in work clothes.

Man on left has red triangle patch that identifies him as a "political prisoner". A young man with closely cropped hair and red triangle patch stands in front of a row of barracks, he speaks to someone off camera. A man with glasses, wearing a beret, stands in front of barbed wire. CU of his prisoner's patch (a red triangle and number "43175"). These prisoners are political prisoners: Hungarian, Bavarian and French.

An American flag is raised on flag pole, barren trees in BG. The American liberating troops had a policy of forcing German civilians to view the atrocities committed in the camps. German civilians enter the camp by bus. View of entrance. High AV from watchtower. German civilians walk in a long line through the main courtyard of the camp, guided by Allied soldiers.

CU of a lamp shade allegedly made from human skin. A variety of objects sit on a table outside, there are military vehicles and German civilians in the BG.

German civilians stand around table to view objects that include lampshades and specimen jars that contained human body parts. In BG survivors sit atop barracks and watch. Military personnel examine the objects on table and demonstrate to civilians. Civilians are led into the camp courtyard. German civilians and Allied MPs in FG, survivors sit atop barracks in BG, the two groups look at each other. Germans walk away with distraught facial expressions. Two women walk arm in arm. More women and men exit the crematorium, grasping their chests and crying. Women in the crowd crying. CU of heads and feet of corpses. CU, pan, pile of corpses lying on top on one another. More civilians leave the camp, covering their mouths and noses. Several women are crying; one woman runs away in terror.

Slate washed out by sunlight. Photo of a young woman (former inmate? A younger Ilse Koch?) propped up for the camera.

Overhead shots of a bombed out city, many large buildings in ruins; various views of the destroyed city.