Imperial War Museums
MLS, two chaplains, Rev. P.T. Stretch and Rev. Cuthbert, standing by pit performing burial service before open mass grave. VAR shots, scarf with cross visible. MCU Jewish priest, Rev. L. H. Hordman shovels dirt into open grave. Bulldozing earth into pit. SS men help to fill in grave with shovels. Survivors sitting under pitched roof on heap. CU of various male survivors, sitting cooking together before entrance to tent. CU man leaning against hut wall, talking, emaciated. CU, women talking and nodding to cameraman's assistant at frame left. MLS, two French women in open ground, one washes the other's hair, CU same. Smoke, old black buckets around. More hairwashing. Troops in decontamination suits and hospital smocks loading up Red Cross trucks with typhus cases on stretchers. Crowd of survivors around truck. Ambulance doors closed, "Contaminated" chalked on left door, truck pulling away. Rev. Hardman of Leeds, Jewish priest, surrounded by small circle of internees, leads them in hymn, women of congregation singing.
Biography / History:
Rev Leslie Hardman was a British Army Chaplain at the liberation of Belsen and appears in this footage at 15:56;25.
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.
CONCENTRATION CAMPS (LIBERATION)
Sgt. William Lawrie
Imperial War Museum, A700/308/1
35mm positive b/w
1"; 3/4"; Betacam SP (PAL & NTSC); VHS
15:55:58 - 16:01:02