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Majdanek Concentration Camp, Poland (1944) | Prosecution Exhibit #228-229





Maidanek [Majdanek]
Event Date: July 1944
Prosecution Exhibit #228-229, The Nazi Concentration Camps, Majdanek, Poland, 1944. 
Opening titles and credits (see transcription below). Pan of prisoners behind barbed wire. CUs prisoners, their tatooed numbers, of the electrically charged barbed wire, ruins, various signs, guard towers, aerial views, etc. The Russian officers examine officials of camp. Men dig up graves for evidence. CU, women weeping as bodies are uncovered. CUs, decomposed bodies and pile of skulls. Gas chambers. CU can of chemicals used for gas. INTs, camp, etc. Officials of the camp are examined and, with the help of female Russian interpreter, various prisoners tell their stories.
Rolling credits at beginning: "Filmdokumente von den ungeheuerlichen Verbrechen der Deutschen im Todeslager Maidenek in der Stadt Lublin. Dieser Film schildert das grenzenlose Leid und die unmenschliche Qual, denen Unschuldige aus ganz Europa unter dem Joch Hitler-Deutschlands ausgesetzt waren. Mit den raffiniertesten Methoden der Technik fuehrten die faschistischen Henker ihr Vernichtungswerke durch. Auschwitz, Buchenwald, Dachau, Gusen, Ravensbrueck, Maidanek sind Schandmale in der deutschen Geschichte. Angehoerige aus allen Schichten und Staenden der verschiedenen Nationen haben hier durch die blutigen Methoden der Gestapo ein grausame Ende gefunden. Hier, vor den Toren von Lublin, wurden Schandtaten veruebt, die jedes Herz erstarren lasssen, und dabei ist Maidanek nur ein Beispiel von vielen! Das Blut der Opfer schreit zum Himmel!" 
Prosecution Exhibit #228-229, The Nazi Concentration Camps, Majdanek, Poland, 1944. 
Pan, pile of corpses outside gas chamber/crematoria, bones on the ground. CUs, cremation ovens. Family photographs of a victim. More shots of ovens and bones. CUs, women weeping. Pan down, from one woman to a pile of bones. Tall chimney and burial grounds are shown. Bones. A vegetable garden. Men inside barracks. CUs, shoes salvaged by the Nazis. Victims' belongings including: clothing, gloves, toys, eyeglasses, scissors. The Russian commission continues questioning. CUs, passports, indicating prisoners from Poland, Holland, France, and other countries. CUs, survivors. Commission. Prisoners (POWs?) walking inside camp. 00:39:52 Title reading, "Im befreiten Lublin: Trauerfeier fuer die Ermerdeten vom Maidanek" Ceremony for the dead, a woman is shown kneeling, priest officiates, children listen. A monument is dedicated, large crowd stands at attention. Soldiers, huge crowd (rally size), nuns. HAS, crowd.

Acquisition Notes: The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum purchased the collection from various sources in 1988. Footage was obtained as research for the United States Holocaust Memorial Campaign's promotional video called "A Campaign to Remember" by David Haspel & Associates.
Cameraman: A. Sofjin; R. Karmen; W. Stadtland
Production Date: 1944
Notes: Reel 1 of The Nazi Concentration Camps, NARA #238.5. "Filmdokumente" on the German concentration camps, made under Russian auspices with narration in German. 
Reel 2 of The Nazi Concentration Camps, NARA #238.5. "Filmdokumente" on the German concentration camps, made under Russian auspices with narration in German. 
See also Story 2333, Film ID 895 for duplicate footage. See Story 29, Film ID 5 for duplicate (although shorter) footage.

Original Archive Number: 111 ADC 8554 + 111 ADC 8555
Locale: Majdanek, Poland; Lublin, Poland
Source: National Archives & Records Administration (NARA)




Majdanek Concentration Camp, Poland (1944) | Prosecution Exhibit #228-229

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