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Carmen Bethel
Carmen Bethel • 3 years ago

A German girl is overcome as she is forced to walk through and around the exhumed bodies of some 800 slave workers that the SS guards near Namering, Germany murdered. The US Army who liberated the camp laid them out so that the townspeople, who feverishly denied knowledge of the camp, could view the work of their Nazi leaders.

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“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

This picture shows British soldiers forcing SS member to load corpses onto a truck at Bergen-Belsen.

This is Private Joe Demler of the US Army, he was a guest of the Third Reich for barely 3 months before being liberated in April 1945. Dressed in his pajamas with his sleeves and pant legs rolled up he was photographed looking more like a skeleton wearing skin than a human being.

Jewish men stand at the edge of a mass grave in Nazi occupied Russia, waiting to be shot. Behind, more other men, and a young boy, wait their turn. The Nazis forced the Jews to strip as a form of degradation, and because it made escape more difficult. Also, their clothing was cleaned and sent to Germany for sale to Germans down on their luck. Note the well-dressed civilians observing the executions as if they were a carnival attraction.

Bodies of the six Goebbels children, who were poisoned by their parents, Paul Joseph Goebbels, a German politician and Reich Minister of Propaganda in Nazi Germany from 1933 to 1945 and Magda Goebbels. Their parents committed suicide after.

Colonel Edward Seiller of the US Army forces the civilians of Landsberg, Germany to look upon the victims of the neighboring slave labor camp, Kaufering IV.

Mauthausen prisoners shortly after liberation

Russian women and children recently liberated from a German concentration camp lay flowers at the bodies of 4 dead American soldiers. Russian eye witnesses reported the Americans were slain by German officers after they surrendered - Hilden, Germany, 1945.

The immediate reaction of German POWs upon being forced by the US Army to watch to the uncensored footage of the concentration camps shot by the US Signal Corps.

Burgsteindorf, Germany, German women on their way out after a screening of the film "Atrocities: The evidence" about the Horrors of the camps, 30/05/1945. The conquering forces of the British army forced the local population to watch films about the horrors commited by the Nazi government. At the same day, around 4000 residents of the village Burgsteindorf were forced to watch a movie containing scenes from the liberation of Bergen-Belsen and Buchenwald

US Army medics treat and give comfort to an injured French girl, June 1944. The child was most likely caught in the crossfire of the Allies’ invasion.