Imperial War Museums
LS (very jumpy at first) of scattered bodies, Nazis push two truckloads through field while British troops urge them on. Nazis look very haggard. MS to female SS in trailer, followed by a trailer with British troops. Crowd of women ex-prisoners gathered, clapping, rush after Nazis, angry. MLS of bulldozer digging communal grave. Lorry passes with female SS and accompanying British guard. SS women unload corpses from truck and carry bodies to edge of communal grave where they are dropped in. Male SS doing the same at the other end of the grave. MS of women carrying and swinging corpses into grave. Two LSs, bulldozer (barracks in BG) slowly pushes pile of corpses towards edge of pit; the bodies slide down with dirt. LS, push slowly towards camera. More bulldozing towards camera. Bulldozer lifts up. In FG, two women with kerchiefs watch. More bulldozing, driver with bandanna, hand over mouth. MS as bulldozer advances into camera, scoops up dirt as it passes over nearly filled grave. Mostly dirt and bodies. In BG, silhouettes of women standing at edge of pit watching.
EXTREMELY GRAPHIC FOOTAGE.
For some duplicate (although poorer quality) footage, see Story 2653, Film ID 165.
Biography / History:
1991.251.1 The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum purchased this collection of film segments about the liberation of Belsen from the Imperial War Museum in London in March 1991.
Sgt. William Lawrie
Imperial War Museum, A700/304/4-6
35mm positive b/w
1"; 3/4"; Betacam SP (PAL & NTSC); VHS
15:31:30 - 15:37:06