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The Death Marches and the Liberators. Death Marches. Winter of 1944/45, Germans knew war was lost Tried to evacuate the death camps Wanted to conceal the evidence Prisoners were forced to march towards Germany in the dead of winter. Death Marches.

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death marches
Death Marches
  • Winter of 1944/45, Germans knew war was lost
  • Tried to evacuate the death camps
    • Wanted to conceal the evidence
  • Prisoners were forced to march towards Germany in the dead of winter
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Death Marches
  • Jan. 1945, just hours before the Red army arrives at Auschwitz, prisoners were marched to Wodzislaw
  • Anyone who lagged behind was shot
  • Many shot for no reason
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Death Marches
  • 59 different marches from Nazi concentration camps during final winter of Nazi domination
  • Listen to a survivor tell about the death marches
liberation
Liberation
  • Soviet soldiers were first to enter a concentration camp
    • Majdanek
  • SS tried to hide the evidence
  • Soldiers shocked by what they saw
  • Press coverage was intense
    • Was dismissed as Communist propaganda
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Soviets Enter Auschwitz
  • January 27, 1945, Soviet forces entered Auschwitz
  • Listen to Sam Itzkowitz story of liberation from Auschwitz
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British liberate Bergen-Belsen
  • April 15, 1945- British liberate Bergen-Belsen
    • Had typhus epidemic
    • Conditions were horrific
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British liberate Bergen-Belsen
  • Camp had to be burned
  • German citizens brought in to tour the camp
  • The films the British took were broadcast throughout the world.
americans liberate buchenwald
Americans Liberate Buchenwald
  • April 11, 1945- Americans liberate Buchenwald
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Americans Liberate Dachau
  • April 29, 1945, Americans liberate Dachau
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Last Camps Liberated
  • The last camps encountered by the Americans were Mauthausen and Gusen on May 5, 1945.
    • 3 days later, the war was over
  • Army begins the intense battle to bring the survivors back to life
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