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Buchenwald concentration camp photographs

Identifier: Mss 1065-031

Collection Overview

The collection consists of four photographs of Buchenwald concentration camp taken in April 1945, shortly after its liberation by the U.S. Army. Photographs show the grounds, bunks, and gallows within the camp.


  • Creation: 1945


Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

Copyright Notice

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Historical Note

Buchenwald concentration camp was constructed in 1937, about five miles northwest of Weimar, Germany. It housed political prisoners, Jews, and other groups targeted by the Nazis. Inmates at Buchenwald and its subcamps performed forced labor for the Nazis and other German private businesses throughout World War II.

In early April 1945, as American troops approached Buchenwald, prisoners were forced on a death march. On April 11, the remaining prisoners, after hearing about the approach of the Americans, stormed the watchtowers and seized control of the camp. The U.S. Army arrived later that afternoon and liberated the camp. Major Benjamin Goodin, an operations officer with the 6th Armored Division, visited Buchenwald on April 13 and afterwards was given the photographs that comprise this collection.


0.1 linear feet (1 folder)

Language of Materials

No linguistic content; Not applicable


The collection consists of four photographs of Buchenwald concentration camp taken in April 1945, shortly after its liberation by the U.S. Army.

Collection Arrangement

Materials are decscribed at the folder level.

Acquisitions Information

Materials donated in 2007 by Benjamin Goodin.

Processing Information

Processed by Rebecca McClure, January 2012.



Inventory of the Buchenwald Concentration Camp Photographs, 1945
Processed by: Rebecca McClure; machine-readable finding aid created by: Rebecca McClure
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

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