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Imperial War Museum (Great Britain)
Germans from Soltau are made to bury murdered slave workers.
"BRITISH OFFICIAL PHOTO BU 4620 Crown copyright reserved. (Picture issued May 1945). PN."
Caption on back of photograph reads: "GERMANS FROM SOLTAU ARE MADE TO BURY MURDERED SLAVE WORKERS. Another Nazi crime has been uncovered in Germany this time near Soltau. British soldiers patrolling the woods near the town found an arm sticking up through the earth. Investigation disclosed that on April 12 a train of cattle trucks containing slave workers from the concentration camps near Soltau had pulled up near the woods. The slaves of the 'master race' were driven into the woods, although they were half-starved and barely able to walk. There they were clubbed and beaten to death and their bodies shovelled [sic] into pits which were hastily covered over. Under the direction of Major Taylor German civilians were brought to the scene of the atrocity and were forced to disinter the bodies, place them in coffins, and bring them for burial in a grave which they, the citizens of Soltau, had been made to dig. In one pit alone 97 bodies were found. PHOTO SHOWS:- German men and women laughed and smiled as they dug graves. This was before they realised [sic] what they were digging them for. Later they were made to look at the mutilated bodies."
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World War, 1939-1945
Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)
t Photographs of the Nazi war crimes trials, 1945-1946