NORTH STALAG III – GRAPHIC PICTURE TAKEN BY YANK PHOTOGRAPHER AT OHRDRUF CONCENTRATION CAMP

This picture was taken by YANK photographer Pfc. Pat Coffey inside a shack at Concentration Camp North Stalag Three, in Ohrdruf, Germany. These are the bodies of French, Russians, Serbs and Poles, all prisoners from countries once occupied by the Germans. Also included, according to the prisoners still living, is the body of one American soldier captured by the Germans. There were other bodies lying on the ground outside the shack. Making a total of 65. At the Buchenwald Concentration Camp in Weimar some 200 prisoners wre disposed of daily, through beating, starvation or shooting. At Nordhausen the Third Armored foud, in addition to whole bodies, unattached arms, legs and heads. And at Hanover the men of the 84th Division found that only 190 out of a thousand Jews brought from Poland were still living. In this picture, as is usually the case, the bodies are carelessly sprinkled with quicklime.


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For Further Reading Check Out:

The Beasts of Buchenwald: Karl & Ilse Koch, Human-Skin Lampshades, and the War-Crimes Trial of the Century (The Buchenwald Trilogy, Vol. 1)


Beyond the Last Path: A Buchenwald Survivor’s Story




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