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April 28, 2014

“German SS troopers fought to the end” at Dachau

Filed under: Dachau, Germany — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 9:14 am
German SS soldiers fighting the American liberators with their hands in the air

German SS soldiers fighting the American liberators with their hands in the air

The following quote is from a news article which you can read in full at http://www.yorkdispatch.com/breaking/ci_25635629/local-liberator-among-those-honored-at-holocaust-remembrance

Harold Campbell’s U.S. Army unit was on its way to battle Nazi soldiers in Munich, Germany, when it came face to face with horror.

“We came across the concentration camp in a town called Dachau, about nine miles northeast of Munich, on April 29, 1945,” recalled Campbell, 88, of Red Lion. “The guards were German SS troopers. They fought to the end.”

Survivors found: But the 42nd Infantry Rainbow Division “got rid of them” and found 32,000 camp prisoners who were still alive, Campbell said.
“We saw a train with 50 cars with people who starved to death and one person left alive in there,” he said. “We saw stacks of people that had died and (their bodies) waited to be cremated. I took a camera off a German that got killed and took pictures.”

Campbell said he and his fellow soldiers remained at the Dachau Concentration Camp for a day to keep the rescued people safe until U.S. Army officials and additional units arrived to further help them.

German SS troopers fought to the end at Dachau

Dead bodies of German SS troopers who fought to the end at Dachau

Wall around Dachau camp where German soldiers were killed

My 1997 photo of the reconstructed wall around the Dachau camp

This quote is from a news article about Harold Campbell:

As [the American soldiers] approached the camp, the 42nd took heavy small-arms fire. Whoever was guarding the camp didn’t want the Americans coming anywhere near it. The troops guarding the camp, members of the SS, defended the camp with their lives. At least most of them did. As the Americans approached, the fence around the camp was lined with dead German guards [shown in the photo above].

The photo below shows a “German SS trooper” fighting to the end, as he surrenders the camp to American soldiers of the 42nd Division, accompanied by a Red Cross representative who is holding a white flag.

Famous photo of SS soldier surrendering the camp to American soldiers

Famous photo of SS soldier surrendering the camp to American soldiers

The body of a German soldier at Dachau is believed to be the body of Lt. Wicker who surrendered the camp

This body of a German soldier  is believed to be the body of Lt. Wicker who surrendered the Dachau concentration camp to the Americans

After he surrendered the Dachau camp to the Americans, Lt. Wicker disappeared. It is believed that he was killed by the American liberators.

Some of the bodies of the SS troopers were mutilated by the American liberators after they were killed, as shown in the photo below.

Bodies of guards who were killed at Dachau during the liberation of the camp

Bodies of guards who were killed at Dachau during the liberation of the camp

German SS troopers fighting  to the end with their hands in the air

German SS troopers fighting to the end with their hands in the air

Photo of starving prisoners at Dachau taken by Harold Campell

Photo of starving prisoners at Dachau taken by Harold Campbell

You can read about another American liberator of Dachau who took photos of the camp on another blog post, which I wrote about the camp at https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/tag/dachau-liberation/

You can read another news article about Harold Campbell at http://www.ydr.com/local/ci_25637096/wwii-vet-who-liberated-dachau-cant-imagine-people

As they approached the camp, they came under heavy small-arms fire. The firefight was fierce. The German soldiers guarding the camp, members of Hitler’s SS, had pledged to fight to the death. And they did.  […]

As they approached the camp, the 42nd took heavy small-arms fire. Whoever was guarding the camp didn’t want the Americans coming anywhere near it. The troops guarding the camp, members of the SS, defended the camp with their lives. At least most of them did. As the Americans approached, the fence around the camp was lined with dead German guards.  […]

Campbell recorded what he saw. He took a Leca (sic) camera off of the body of a dead German officer. It had a full roll of film, eight shots. He took the photos and saved them to show others what he had seen.

Tomorrow will be the anniversary of the liberation of Dachau on April 29, 1945, and there will be many news stories about the American soldiers who liberated the  camp.

You can read about an SS soldier who survived the liberation of the camp on this page of my website:  http://www.scrapbookpages.com/DachauScrapbook/DachauLiberation/SoldiersKilled2.html

You can read about the famous “Death Train” on my website at http://www.scrapbookpages.com/DachauScrapbook/DachauLiberation/DeathTrain.html

The first SS soldiers who surrendered at Dachau were taken  to the death train and shot

The first SS soldiers who surrendered at Dachau were taken to the death train and shot

The famous photo of the “lone survivor” of the train is shown on this page of my website:  http://www.scrapbookpages.com/DachauScrapbook/DachauLiberation/DeathTrain3.html

12 Comments »

  1. The US and Britain were murdering civilians of every sort by turning entire German cities into incinerators to burn people alive–women, children, babies included. Even the highly regarded British air war historian Richard Overy concedes that now. At least the boys in SS uniforms who desperately fought as best they could had the chance to fight back against the real mass murderers of WW2. I would have gladly joined them if I could have done so.

    BTW, the holocaust is a hoax because no one was killed in gas chambers by the Nazis. The racist war against the German people continues with the suppression of holocaust revisionism Germany abetted by people like Murmelstein.

    Friedrich Paul Berg

    Comment by Friedrich Paul Berg — April 29, 2014 @ 1:59 am

  2. “lecken sie mich am arsch.” An old Yiddish saying that means “In the mouth of a rabbi, a proverb becomes as limp as a baby penis.”

    Comment by who+dares+wings — April 28, 2014 @ 6:29 pm

  3. The endless demonisation of the German people 70 years after the war is driven by the ownership of the msm in the western world and the current power structures which manipulate the public mind.
    I have just watched a British newsreel from 1937 which showed at that time the main thrust amongst all European peoples was one of peace and reconciliation…. and this was only 19 years after the carnage of the first great war.

    http://www.britishpathe.com/video/old-comrades-day-in-berlin

    Comment by peter — April 28, 2014 @ 2:16 pm

    • The matter should be the fact – as shown in a German research pubblished in the book HITLERS KINDER SOLDATEN – I learnt about it on DER SPIEGEL – that in it last months the nazis did not hesitate to call youngsters to fight wearing SS uniforms until death only to have more time to kill more KL prisoniers, hide the evidences of atrocities and better arrange their escape, certainly with the stolen money. In 1532/35 (!) a similar event occured in the town of Munster where a certain Johammes von Leyden set up a “messianic regime”, I, myself, after pubblishing an article about Terezin on the site shoa.de, had beem contacted by a German gentleman who informed me that he, at 17 years. stood with his Wehrmacht unit just near Terezin in April 1945, a bit far from the batte front. Asking for the exact dates I realized that that Wehrmacht unit would have called to supress the “farce of a revolt” arranged by the Eichmann staff by the mean of “agents provocateurs”. Now this Gentleman is working for a better understanding of human rights and hisotry. Needless to say that a friendship arose. I am ready to answer serious questions on the matter but for certain negationists can only repeat mu above reply.

      Comment by Wolf Murmelstein — April 28, 2014 @ 9:04 pm

      • Wolf Murmelstein wrote “…in [the] last months the nazis did not hesitate to call youngsters to fight wearing SS uniforms until death only to have more time to kill more KL prisoniers, hide the evidences of atrocities and better arrange their escape, certainly with the stolen money.”

        Buchenwald was liberated, on April 11, 1945, by the prisoners themselves, so the “Nazis” at Dachau knew that the Americans would soon be coming to liberate the Dachau camp. The guards left the camp the night before the liberation and Hungarian soldiers in the SS were sent to the camp to keep order. There was no “hiding of evidence” and no money stolen. The gas chamber, which was disguised as a shower room, was left intact for the liberators to find.

        There were no “youngsters wearing SS uniforms” sent to Dachau to fight “until death” so as to “have more time to kill more KL prisoners.” Instead, the SS men were bringing prisoners from the sub-camps of Dachau to the main camp, so that they could be turned over to the Americans, who would have to take care of them after the liberation. Most of these prisoners in the sub-camps were the survivors of Auschwitz who had been brought to Germany.

        Comment by furtherglory — April 29, 2014 @ 7:20 am

  4. Shame on America, once again. The Nazis and the SS were the “Good Guys.” The Americans were something else. If Americans ever want see what “evil” really looks like–all they have to do is look at themselves.

    Comment by Friedrich Paul Berg — April 28, 2014 @ 10:23 am

    • You, clearly a neo-nazi, ought to mention that those SS men had been youngsters called to the battle when nazi leaders already were arranging their own flight to South America or some Arab Country. Who lhad sent those youngsters – “educated” in nazi run schools – to their death to “defend” the Dachau Concwentration Camp wanted to cancel the evidence of the atrocities occured there and have more time to go safe himself. .So, in pur days thje dirty negarionists have more opportiunities to talk and write their lies and prepare new similar atrocities. . ,

      Comment by Wolf Murmelstein — April 28, 2014 @ 12:52 pm

      • The comment above is far too stupefyingly stupid to get any reply from me other than this one.

        Comment by Friedrich Paul Berg — April 28, 2014 @ 1:25 pm

      • Enjoy it while you can Wolfie because the rest of the world is slowly waking up to Israel’s lies and atrocities, even the clowns and muppets that have stood by you for so long.

        Oh yes indeed, not much longer now, mark my words…..

        Comment by DB — April 28, 2014 @ 1:51 pm

      • I wrote another post about the liberation of Dachau at https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2010/04/27/its-a-miracle-seven-babies-slipped-through-the-nazi-killing-machine-at-dachau/

        In that post, I wrote about the mothers with their babies, who were sent, from Auschwitz to a sub-camp of Dachau and then to the main camp so that they could be liberated by the Americans. All of these babies survived and had lived to the age of 65, at the time that I wrote about them.

        You can watch a YouTube video about a young boy who was liberated at Dachau. Notice that the young boy appears to be overweight, and the adult men in the video are all wearing overcoats because it was cold in Germany on the day that the prisoners were liberated.

        Comment by furtherglory — April 29, 2014 @ 7:36 am


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