WWII: Witnessing the Holocaust | Personal accounts of persecution and genocide by the Nazi regime
CHANNEL | Home Service
RECORDED | 07 April 1945
DURATION | 4 minutes 13 seconds
On 6 April 1945, a western Canadian regiment captured a concentration camp near Zutphen. The 'unspeakable' atrocities that had taken place there are evident, including those inflicted on ten members of the Dutch Resistance. These horrify a German paratrooper present, who blames the Gestapo. Matthew Halton of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation reports.
The Gestapo (Geheime Staatspolizei) was the secret state police of Nazi Germany. It mercilessly removed opposition to the Nazis within Germany and throughout German-occupied territories and rounded up Jews for deportation to death camps. It was established by Hermann Goering, Prussian Minister of the Interior. Heinrich Himmler became head of both the SS (the Nazi paramilitary corps) and the Gestapo.
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