Inside 1945 Buchenwald with LIFE: " German civilians are forced by American troops to bear witness to Nazi atrocities at Buchenwald concentration camp, mere miles from their own homes, April 1945."
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Victims of a forced march; Victims of a forced march between concentration camps of Buchenwald and Flossenburg, 1945. In this photograph taken in April 1945, German civilians are being forced to file past the bodies of victims murdered at the village of Namering by SS guards during a forced march from Buchenwald and Flossenburg concentration camps.
1945 German SS guards, exhausted from their forced labour clearing the bodies of the dead, are allowed a brief rest by British soldiers but are forced to take it by lying face down in one of the empty mass graves. Bergen-Belsen April 1945. Although the Germans know they won't be shot as they lie where they do, the experience should have been educational -- the feeling of lying face down in a ditch with guns pointed at you.
German civilians being forced to bury the dead of the concentration camp at Gardelegen Location:Gardelegen, Germany Date taken:April 1945 Photo by William Vandivert, history, never forget
“The world must know what happened, and never forget.” At the end of the Second World War, General Ike Eisenhower made the decision to personally visit as many Nazi concentration camps as he possible could. His reason? He felt compelled to document the camps, their appalling conditions and the brave souls who survived it. He anticipated a time when the Nazi atrocities might be downplayed or even denied, and as such ordered the filming and photographing of camps as they were liberated