Nazi Concentration Camps (1945)
**This film contains extremely graphic scenes of human suffering,
please exercise caution when viewing.**
Compilation footage of Nazi concentration camps in the immediate
aftermath of World War II. The footage was gathered by the
US Department of Defense as part of the effort to conduct
war crimes trials commited as a result of the holocaust. The
six reels presented below make up the entirety of this graphic
film. They will give you a chance to hear real holocaust survivor
stories and see the stark scenes of death and human suffering
commited at these Nazi concentration camps.
Army Lt. Col. George C. Stevens, Navy Lt. E. Ray Kellogg
and U.S. Chief of Counsel Robert H. Jackson read exhibited
affidavits which attest to authenticity of scenes in film
and presents the facts of the holocaust as witnessed by them.
Map of Europe shows locations of concentration camps in Austria,
Belgium, Bulgaria, Czechoslovokia, Danzing, Denmark, France,
Germany, Isle of Jersey, Latvia, Netherlands, Poland and Yugoslavia.
At Leipsig Concentration Camp, there are stark pictures of
the holocaust - piles of dead bodies, and many living Russian,
Czechoslovakian, Polish and French prisoners. At Penig Concentration
Camp, Hungarian women and others display wounds. Doctors treat
patients and U.S. Red Cross workers move them to German Air
Force hospital where their former captors are forced to care
At Ohrdruf Concentration Camp, inspection team composed of
Allied military leaders, members of U.S. Congress and local
townspeople tours camp. Among them are Generals Dwight David
Eisenhower, Supreme Headquaters Allied Expeditionary Forces
commander; Omar Nelson Bradley; and George S. Patten. General
Eisenhower speaks with Congressmen. They see bodies heaped
on grill at crematorium and Polish, Czechoslovakian, Russian,
Belgian, German Jews and German political prisoners. Col.
Heyden Sears, Combat Command A, 4th Armored Division commander,
forces local townspeople to tour camp. U.S. officers arrive
at Hadamar Concentration Camp, where Polish, Russian and German
political and religious dissidents were murdered. Maj. Herman
Boelke of U.S. War Crimes Investigation Team (WCIT) examines
survivors. Bodies are exhumed from mass graves for examination,
identification and burial. Four-man panel interviews facility
director Dr. Waldman and chief male nurse Karl Wille.
At Breendonck Concentration Camp, Belgium, methods of torture
are demonstrated. At Harlan Concentration Camp near Hannover,
U.S. Red Cross aides Polish survivors. Allied troops and able-bodied
survivors bury dead. At Arnstadt Concentration Camp, German
villagers are forced to exhume Polish and Russian bodies from
At Nordhausen Concentration Camp, we see more holocaust atrocities.
There are piles of bodies. Troops treat, feed and remove survivors
who are mainly Polish, Russian and French. At Mauthausen Concentration
Camp, Navy Lt. Jack H. Taylor stands with fellow survivors
and describes his capture, imprisonment and conditions at
Mauthausen. Volunteers bathe victims.
At Buchenwald Concentration Camp, Army trucks arrive with
aid for survivors. Piles of dead, mutilated and emaciated
bodies. Some survivors among dead. Huge ovens and piles of
bone ash on floor of crematorium. Civilians from nearby Weimar
are forced to tour camp. They see exhibits of lampshades made
of human skin, and two shrunken heads.
British commander of Royal Artillery describes conditions
at Bergen-Belsen Concentration Camp. German Army Schutzstaffel
(SS) troops are forced to bury dead and aid survivors. Woman
doctor, former prisoner, describes conditions in female section
of camp. Belson commander Kramer is taken into custody. German
guards bury dead. Bulldozer pushes piles of bodies into mass
Run time: 51:56
Audio/Visual: sound, Black & White