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December 5, 2010

German war crimes in WWII: shooting Soviet POWs for target practice

One of the stories told by the tour guides at the Dachau Memorial Site is that Soviet Prisoners of War were used for target practice at a rifle range located outside the camp. The Dachau Museum gives visitors the information that 6,000 Soviet POWs were shot at the Herbertshausen rifle range.

Soviet POWs were imprisoned in many different camps in the concentration camp system, but Dachau was apparently the only camp where they were used by SS soldiers for target practice.  I previously blogged about the unique method of executing Soviet POWs at Buchenwald and Sachsenhausen here.