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keywords: grasleben concentration camp, hadamar euthanasia center, ohrdurf concentration camp, buchenwald slave labor camp, nordhausen concentration camp, post-wwii, san francisco conference, united nations charter

Synopsis: WWII German Concentration Camps - Holocaust Film Evidence, Drafting Charter To Form The United Nations...(read more)

  • Date: 1945
  • Duration: 00:08:15
  • Sound: Yes
  • Color: Monochrome
  • Type: Public Domain
  • Language: English
  • Location: United States, Germany

Newsreels 1945 April 26

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WWII German Concentration Camps - Holocaust Film Evidence

Scenes of WWII German concentration, slave labor and prison camps. These real life horror pictures reveal the unbelievable atrocities committed by the Nazis in just a few of their prisoner camps.


Concentration sub-camp at Grasleben, Germany of the Buchenwald/Dora-Mittelbau complex of Nazi concentration camps. April 12, 1945: released American prisoners (POWs) liberated from the Nazi Germany Grasleben prisoner of war camp wave at American soldiers of the 117th Infantry Regiment, 30th Infantry Division passing in trucks. Shows wounded and emaciated U.S. soldiers captured in von Runstedt's battle of the bulge attack of last winter are fed and given medical care by U.S. Army Medics. Shows emaciated U.S. soldier in hospital after liberation from Grasleben concentration camp.


Hadamar Euthanasia Center. Protected by gas masks, gravediggers open reeking graves at this German psychiatric hospital (insane asylum). They discover that 35,000 political prisoners had been slain here, largely by poisoning. Record clerk points finger at institution heads.

Camp Ohrdurf

Scenes at Ohrdurf Concentration Camp. General Eisenhower, General Patton and General Bradley can hardly believe their eyes when they view torture gallows, heaps of charred human bodies and lime pits filled with corpses at the Ohrdurf Nazi death camp. Although they recoil, Nazi civilian officials from the town are forced to enter barns containing rows of decomposing, lime-sprinkled bodies.


Scenes of 20,000 prisoners remaining alive at the Buchenwald slave labor concentration camp. These prisoners living in utter filth stumble around with their broken skulls. Agonized corpses lie everywhere with large tattooed numbers on their sunken stomachs. Shows six furnaces used to cremate the dead. Shows remains of a human body in one "oven" or furnace.


Nordhausen was a sub-camp of the concentration camp Dora-Mittelbau. Starved corpses strew the ground. Creeping jabbering, breathing skeletons are loaded into ambulances for possible treatment. German civilians are forced to handle corpses with their bare hands and carry them to huge mass graves for a semi-civilized burial.

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Drafting Charter To Form The United Nations

The San Francisco Conference of 46 United Nations, summoned to draft a charter for a post-war organization to secure peace, is officially opened by Secretary of State Edward Stettinius. In a speech from the White House, President Truman states "if we do not want to die together in war, we must learn to live together in peace."

Shows arrival of Anthony Eden, British Foreign Secretary followed by General Jan Smuts of South Africa. MacKenzie King led the Canadian delegation. Shows arrival of Vyacheslav Molotov of Russia followed by the French delegation and the delegation from Saudi Arabia. Shows arrival of U.S. Senator Tom Connally and Commander Harold Stassen. Scenes from inside the convention hall as U.S. Secretary of State Edward Stettinius opens the first UN conference.

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