Ohrdruf concentration camp photographs
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.
- 1945, circa 2000
- United States. Army (Organization)
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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.
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.
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Materials donated in 2005 by Wilbur
Processed by Rebecca McClure, October 2011.
- Inventory of the Ohrdruf Concentration Camp Photographs, 1945, circa 2000
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