One in a series of 18 photographs found in the home of a German soldier, Otto Schultze, in Kattien, Germany. The photos were taken by a guard in the Soviet POW camp of Belzen bei Bergen, and numbered in Roman numerals by the American officer, Lt. van Otten. The camp held approximately 10,000 POWs, most of whom came from Fallingbostel, 10 km away. When they fell ill, they were marched to Belsen. At Belsen they were starved, often given only a soup made of field beets. This photo shows a column of Soviet POWs at forced labor carrying a wooden beam. Germany, between 1941 and 1945.
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