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Ohrdruf concentration camp photographs

 Collection
Identifier: Mss 1065-022

Collection Overview

Four atrocity photographs of concentration camp victims in Ohrdruf, a satellite camp of the Buchenwald concentration camp. Also included are two clippings describing the liberation of Ohrdruf by the 89th Infantry Division of the U.S. Army.

Dates

  • 1945, circa 2000

Creator

Language of Material

Materials in English

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

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Biographical and Historical Note

Ohrdruf concentration camp, the first camp to be liberated by U.S. troops during World War II, was a subcamp of the Buchenwald concentration camp. It was established in November 1944 near Gotha, Germany. Prisoners in the camp were forced to work on the construction of a railroad to a proposed communications center, but the rapid advancement of the U.S. Army forced the Nazis to abandon these plans.

Wilbur "Jim" Burrows, a lieutenant in the U.S. Army with the 89th Infantry Division, moved into Germany near Buchenwald in early April 1945. As his unit neared Ohrdruf, the Germans evacuated camp prisoners on a forced march to Buchenwald. Inmates who were unable to walk to Buchenwald were shot or left to die in Ohrdruf. A platoon runner in Burrows's unit took photographs of the bodies they found on the road and in the crematorium and distributed the photographs to others, including Burrows.

Extent

1 folder

Abstract

Four atrocity photographs of concentration camp victims in Ohrdruf, a satellite camp of the Buchenwald concentration camp. Also included are two clippings describing the liberation of Ohrdruf by the U.S. Army.

Collection Arrangement

Materials are described at the folder level.

Acquisitions Information

Materials donated in 2005 by Wilbur Jim Burrows.

Processing Information

Processed by Rebecca McClure, October 2011.

Creator

Source

Title
Inventory of the Ohrdruf Concentration Camp Photographs, 1945, circa 2000
Status
Completed
Author
Processed by: Rebecca McClure; machine-readable finding aid created by: Rebecca McClure
Date
2011
Description rules
DACS
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Sponsor
Funding from the Council on Library and Information Resources supported the processing of this collection and encoding of the finding aid.

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

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