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Charles Cross collection of Buchenwald concentration camp photographs

Identifier: Mss 1065-032

Collection Overview

The collection consists of nine photographs of Buchenwald concentration camp taken in April 1945, shortly after its liberation by the United States Army. The photographs were collected by Corporal Charles Cross. Photographs show victims, survivors, and captured SS officers within the camp. Other photographs show the barracks, gallows, and crematorium. Also included is a 1993 interview with Cross on videocassette.


  • Creation: 1945


Language of Material

Materials in English

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

Copyright Notice

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Biographical Note

Charles Cross was born in 1924 in Albany, New York. In 1943, he was drafted into the U.S. Army and received basic medical training before being sent to Normandy with the 2nd Infantry Division. Cross was injured while fighting in Saint-Lô, France, and evacuated to England. After he recovered, he was assigned to the 807th Medical Air Evacuation Transport Squadron and visited Buchenwald concentration camp twice, the first visit less than 24 hours after its liberation. On his second visit two weeks later, a private who accompanied Cross took the photographs that comprise this collection.


0.25 linear feet (2 folders, 1 videocassette)


The collection consists of nine photographs of Buchenwald concentration camp taken in April 1945, shortly after its liberation by the U.S. Army. Also included is a 1993 interview on videocassette with Corporal Charles Cross, who collected the photographs.

Collection Arrangement

Materials are described at the folder level.

Acquisitions Information

Materials donated in 2001 by Charles Cross.

Alternate Form of Materials

Digital reproductions of photographs available online in the Lowcountry Digital Library.

Processing Information

Processed by Rebecca McClure, February 2012.



Inventory of the Charles Cross Collection of 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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