Buchenwald concentration camp

Clip from George Stevens' "The Nazi Concentration Camps." This German film footage was compiled as evidence and used by the prosecution at the Nuremberg trials.


Pictorial evidence of the almost unprecedented crimes perpetrated by the Nazis at the Buchenwald concentration camp. The story in written form is contained in the official account of the Prisoner of War and Displaced Persons Division of the United States Group Control Council, which has been forwarded from Supreme Allied Headquarters to the War Department in Washington. It states that 1,000 boys under 14 years of age are included among the 25,000 still alive in the camp, that the survivors are males only, and that the recent death rate was about 200 a day.

Nationalities and prison numbers are tattooed on the stomachs of the inmates.

The report lists the surviving inmates as representing every European nationality. It says the camp was founded when the Nazi Party first came into power in 1933 and has been in continuous operation ever since although its largest populations date from the beginning of the present war. One estimate put the camp's normal complement at 80,000.


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