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April 29, 2014

Emaciated survivors of the Dachau horror camp

Filed under: Dachau, Germany — Tags: , — furtherglory @ 10:37 am

Today is the anniversary of the liberation of the Dachau concentration camp by American soldiers on April 29, 1945.  Many of these soldiers are still alive and will be attending memorial services around the USA, telling their stories about the emaciated inmates, who barely survived their ordeal in the Dachau horror camp.

I am putting up some photos of the Dachau survivors, taken after the liberation of the camp.

Polish political prisoners celebrate their liberation from Dachau

Polish political prisoners celebrate their liberation from Dachau

Dachau survivors, and American soldier in the background

Dachau survivors salute their liberators; note American soldier in the background, who was not a prisoner

Most of the Dachau survivors were emaciated and weighed barely 70 pounds. Many of them had to crawl up to the barbed wire fence to greet the American liberators — NOT!

Dachau prisoners greet the American liberators

Dachau prisoners greet the American liberators

The photo below shows young survivors posing inside one of the Dachau barracks.

Dachau survivors pose inside one of the barracks

Dachau survivors pose inside one of the barracks

There were several British SOE agents at Dachau when it was liberated. The Nazis only killed the women SOE agents, letting the men live to tell the story. You can read about the fate of the female SOE agents at Dachau on my website at http://www.scrapbookpages.com/DachauScrapbook/BritishSOEagents.html

The photo below shows some of the political prisoners at Dachau, including SOE agents.

British SOE agents were prisoners at Dachau when it was liberated

Captured British SOE agents were prisoners at Dachau when it was liberated

French resistance fighters who survived the horror of Dachau

French resistance fighters who survived the horror of Dachau

Where were all the sick prisoners at Dachau when the camp was liberated.  They were in the infirmary barracks. Just before the Americans arrived, there were 400 prisoners per day dying of typhus.

The photo below shows two sick prisoners in the infirmary barracks.

Two sick prisoners in the Dachau infirmary

Two sick prisoners in the Dachau infirmary

There were a few babies at Dachau when the camp was liberated.  They had been brought, from one of the sub-camps, to the Dachau main camp, to be turned over to the Americans.  All of the babies survived and lived to the age of 65, at least.

Mothers with babies who were liberated at Dachau

Mothers with babies who were liberated at Dachau

 

6 Comments »

  1. heavily moderated by a state broadcasting organisation which promotes the holocaust every day in every way ….should five year olds be indocrinated ??

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-trending-27191263

    Comment by peter — April 29, 2014 @ 2:09 pm

  2. http://history1900s.about.com/library/holocaust/bldachau34.htm
    Picture of a prisoner who has been subjected to low pressure experiments

    http://history1900s.about.com/library/holocaust/bldead19.htm
    Execution of Abraham Borenstein

    http://history1900s.about.com/library/holocaust/bldachau1.htm
    These prisoners weren’t as well fed

    http://history1900s.about.com/library/holocaust/bldead7.htm
    This isn’t a Monty Python skit

    http://history1900s.about.com/library/holocaust/bldead8.htm
    More dead people

    http://history1900s.about.com/library/holocaust/blchildren3.htm
    Dead kids about to buried in a mass grave

    http://history1900s.about.com/library/holocaust/bldead6.htm
    Dead found after the liberation of Mauthausen

    http://history1900s.about.com/library/holocaust/bldead18.htm
    The Dead at Buchenwald

    http://history1900s.about.com/library/holocaust/blprisoner16.htm
    Dead Woman Auschwitz – notice these prisoners likely died of starvation

    http://history1900s.about.com/library/holocaust/bldead13.htm
    Those at the Kaufering IV camp – a subsidiary camp of Dachau weren’t so lucky

    http://history1900s.about.com/library/holocaust/bldead10.htm
    Germans exhuming corpses from a mass grave

    http://history1900s.about.com/library/holocaust/blprisoner19.htm
    Bergen –Belson –these prisoners died of starvation not a typhoid outbrake!

    http://history1900s.about.com/library/holocaust/bleinsatz7.htm
    This isn’t a war crime – executing woman who remain alive after the ravine mass Execution of Jews from the Mizovcz Ghetto

    http://holocaustcontroversies.blogspot.com/2010/10/mass-graves-and-dead-bodies.html
    A whole catalog of pictures of dead Jews, POWs and other victims of Nazi Atrocitiess. Truth told the Nazis were the slime of humanity. An educated German people allowed itself to be transformed into a depraved nation! Anyone who could defend this is out of their mind.

    Comment by Foodforthought — April 29, 2014 @ 11:33 am

    • Thanks for all the links. I have almost all of these photos on my website scrapbookpages.com

      For example, I have the photo of the dead prisoners at Kaufering IV on my website, with this text below the photo:

      The photograph above shows Commandant Johann Baptist Eichelsdorfer standing in the midst of the bodies found in the Kaufering IV camp. Note that the bodies in the foreground still have clothing, an indication that they died after the camp was liberated. Commandant Eichelsdorfer was captured a few days after the liberators arrived and brought back to the camp to be confronted with his crime; he was forced to stand in the middle of the corpses while the German civilians were encouraged to scream insults at him.

      Johann Baptist Eichelsdorfer was convicted by an American Military Tribunal at Dachau and sentenced to death; he was hanged at Landsberg prison, only a few miles from the Kaufering camp, on May 29, 1946.

      In the last months of the war, Otto Förschner was given the job of Commandant of the Kaufering I camp, which had also been designated as a sick camp for prisoners who could no longer work.

      Born in 1902, Förschner was an officer in the Waffen-SS who was transferred to concentration camp duty after he was wounded in battle. From August 1943 to February 1945, Förschner was the Commandant of KZ Mittlebau-Dora near the town of Nordhausen, where V-2 rockets were being manufactured in underground tunnels. Mittlebau-Dora was a sub-camp of Buchenwald. In the Buchenwald Report, a book that was written after the war by the prisoners, Förschner was praised by some of the inmates for improving conditions in the Mittlebau-Dora camp and for showing understanding of the prisoners’ situation.

      Otto Förschner was one of the 28 accused men at the first American Military Tribunal at Dachau who were sentenced to death and executed; he was hanged at Landsberg prison on May 28, 1945.

      In December 1944, seven pregnant women in the Kaufering sub-camps were sent to the Kaufering IV camp where their babies were born between February and March 1945. Just before Dachau was liberated on April 29, 1945, the women and their babies were evacuated to the main camp. On the way, their train was hit by Allied bombs, and they arrived at Dachau after the camp had already been liberated.
      End quote from scrapbookpages.com

      Comment by furtherglory — April 29, 2014 @ 12:58 pm

    • Regarding the dead children at Nordhausen, the bodies at Nordhausen were the bodies of prisoners who had been killed by Allied bombs. I don’t have this photo on my website, but I am familiar with the bombing of Nordhausen.

      I blogged about a photo of Nordhausen at https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2010/06/22/photos-dont-lie-but-liars-use-photographs-to-decieve/

      Comment by furtherglory — April 29, 2014 @ 1:07 pm

      • Don’t expect any replies from Foodie, he just spouts his crap and then runs, never replies to anything.

        Can’t think why…..

        Comment by DB — April 29, 2014 @ 1:54 pm


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