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Buchenwald 2005

Buchenwald concentration camp is in eastern Germany and is now a memorial to its dark past.

Buchenwald Concentration Camp, east Germany

In November 2005 one of the YP&M web team visited Buchenwald concentration camp and recorded a piece of video. To mark National Holocaust Day, Friday January 27th, the footage has been edited and uploaded to the web.

Buchenwald concentration camp is near Weimar, Thuringia, in the east of Germany. "Buchenwald" is German for "beech forest", since the camp is located in Buchenwald forest.

The camp may not have the same horrific status as the more notorious extermination camps such as Auschwitz, however mass killings of prisoners did take place at Buchenwald : some inmates died as a result of medical experiments, such as typhus vaccine testing or were victim to various barbaric methods of killing carried out by the SS guards.

camp inmatesPicture of Tommy Shields in tropical kit taken in the Red Sea just before war was declared in 1939

One of these, is vividly recreated at Buchenwald, and is featured in the clip below : a medical examination room is "altered" to provide the SS guards with a peep hole, to shoot inmates in the back of the neck, as they are duped into believing they are simply lining up against a height measuring gauge. Click the picture below to watch the video.

WARNING : parts of this clip contain scenes which some may find upsetting


Picture of Tommy Shields in tropical kit taken in the Red Sea just before war was declared in 1939Buchenwald  - click to watch  : WARNING contains scenes which  you may find upsetting

Buchenwald Concentration Camp
dur: 4 mins

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