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Liberation and survivors of Buchenwald concentration camp (19 photos)




 

   


A truckload carrying the emaciated corpses of prisoners at Buchenwald concentration camp sits abandoned. The bodies were about to be disposed of by burning when the camp was liberated by detachments of American troops of the U.S. 9th Armored Infantry Battalion, 6th Armored Division, part of United States Army Central, on 11 April 1945. Buchenwald concentration camp, near Weimar, Thuringia, Germany. 14 April 1945. Image taken by U.S. Army Pfc. W. Chichersky.

A truckload carrying the emaciated corpses of prisoners at Buchenwald concentration camp sits abandoned. The bodies were about to be disposed of by burning when the camp was liberated by detachments of American troops of the U.S. 9th Armored Infantry Battalion, 6th Armored Division, part of United States Army Central, on 11 April 1945. Buchenwald concentration camp, near Weimar, Thuringia, Germany. 14 April 1945. Image taken by U.S. Army Pfc. W. Chichersky.

Portrait of a battered German SS camp guard after the liberation of Buchenwald concentration camp. Following the liberation of Buchenwald by the U.S. 9th Armored Infantry Battalion, 6th Armored Division, part of the U.S Third Army (United States Army Central), on 11 April 1945 and the transfer of control of the camp to the U.S. 80th Infantry Division the following day, some of the camp guards donned civilian clothing or prisoner’s uniforms and tried to escape. Nearly all were spotted by the newly liberated inmates and were savagely beaten and others killed. This guard was locked up for interrogation, and his own safety. Buchenwald concentration camp. Near Weimar, Thuringia, Germany. April 1945. Image taken by Lee Miller.

Portrait of a battered German SS camp guard after the liberation of Buchenwald concentration camp. Following the liberation of Buchenwald by the U.S. 9th Armored Infantry Battalion, 6th Armored Division, part of the U.S Third Army (United States Army Central), on 11 April 1945 and the transfer of control of the camp to the U.S. 80th Infantry Division the following day, some of the camp guards donned civilian clothing or prisoner’s uniforms and tried to escape. Nearly all were spotted by the newly liberated inmates and were savagely beaten and others killed. This guard was locked up for interrogation, and his own safety. Buchenwald concentration camp. Near Weimar, Thuringia, Germany. April 1945. Image taken by Lee Miller.

An emaciated former inmate at Buchenwald concentration camp drinks from a tin bowl in front of his barracks following the liberation of the camp by U.S. Army soldiers of the 6th Armored Division, Third Army (United States Army Central). Buchenwald concentration camp, near Weimar, Thuringia, Germany. April 1945. Image taken by Ardean R. Miller, U.S. Army.

An emaciated former inmate at Buchenwald concentration camp drinks from a tin bowl in front of his barracks following the liberation of the camp by U.S. Army soldiers of the 6th Armored Division, Third Army (United States Army Central). Buchenwald concentration camp, near Weimar, Thuringia, Germany. April 1945. Image taken by Ardean R. Miller, U.S. Army.