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Keystone Photo Service.
U.S. Army officer listens as two concetration camp survivors tell their stories near Gardelegen.
"KY 63722. Keystone Photo 489964. WAR POOL PHOTO, NOT FOR USE IN BRITISH ISLES, FRANCE, BELGIUM OR WESTERN HEMISPHERE. SERVICED BY LONDON OWI (INNER FULL). CERTIFIED AS PASSED BY SHAEF CENSOR."
Caption on back of photograph reads: "THE NAZIS BURN THE LIVING. When troops of the Ninth U.S. Army reached Gardelegen, Germany, they found the still-smoldering bodies of more than 1,000 political prisoners whom the Nazis had forced into a fuel-soaked barn and burned to death. A mass of human flesh was smoking when American troops arrived on the scene and discovered from fugitives of the concentration camp that the atrocity had been committed by German troops and Luftwaffe personnel from a nearby airfield. Residents of the town of Gardelegen, 27 miles north west of Magdoburg, were immediately compelled by U.S. officers to disinter approximately 700 partially buried dead and to bury all the charred victims. THIS PHOTO SHOWS: A U.S. soldier (left) listens with clenched fists as two survivors of the barn funeral pyre tell their stories to war correspondents. Vladimir Wognia (center) of Lwow, Poland, imprisoned for releasing Polish prisoners being sent to Germany in 1942, ran through a hole in the burning barn, was shot at and ran back. Later, he escaped again and shouted in German to the Nazi guards to stop shooting. The brief confusion allowed him to escape in the dark. Eugene Sieradzki (right) kept alive by keeping mouth to a hole in the barn. He was covered with bodies from Friday, April 13, until Sunday."
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World War, 1939-1945
Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)
t Photographs of the Nazi war crimes trials, 1945-1946