This historic film "Nazi Concentration Camps" was created immediately after WWII by the United States Government (August 1945) in an attempt to document the atrocities committed by the German state. The documentary report created by famed director George Stephens was used as evidence in official war crimes trials. It remains one of the most important works, showing irrefutable evidence of the despicable, brutal and inhumane acts committed by the German government in the name of racial purity.
This first half of the film shows various camps including Leipzig (4:17), Penig (5:33), Ohrdruf (8:23), Breendonck (18:53), Nordhausen (21:28), Hannover (24:33), and Arnstadt (27:00).
The film begins with Army Lt. Col. George C. Stevens, Navy Lt. E. Ray Kellogg and U.S. Chief of Counsel Robert H. Jackson reading exhibited affidavits which attest to authenticity of scenes in film.
A map of Europe shows locations of concentration camps in Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czechoslovokia, Danzig, Denmark, France, Germany, Isle of Jersey, Latvia, Netherlands, Poland and Yugoslavia. At Leipsig Concentration Camp, there are 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 for them.
At Ohrdruf Concentration Camp (8:23), an 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 (18:53), 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 mass graves.
At Nordhausen Concentration Camp (21:28), 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.
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