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Claude C. Barnes Buchenwald atrocity photographs

Identifier: Mss 1065-054

Collection Overview

5 black and white photographs taken after the liberation of Buchenwald concentration camp by Corporal Claude C. Barnes.


  • Creation: 1945

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This collection is open for research.

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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.


1 folder (5 items)

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5 black and white photographs taken after the liberation of Buchenwald concentration camp by Corporal Claude C. Barnes.

Collection Arrangement

Materials are described at the folder level.

Acquisitions Information

Materials donated in 2022, anonymous gift.

Processing Information

Processed by Lauren Bickel, October 2023.

Inventory of the Claude C. Barnes Buchenwald Atrocity Photographs, 1945
Processed by: Lauren Bickel; finding aid created by: Lauren Bickel
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