Germany to commemorate 70-year anniversary of Buchenwald liberation

April 11, 2015 16:48

As Germany prepares to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the camp's liberation on Sunday, file footage reveals the horrific conditions witnessed there in 1945.

Unlike Auschwitz in Poland, Buchenwald was not one of the death camps where the Nazis set about their "Final Solution" -- the systematic extermination of European Jews. Nonetheless, it was equipped with crematoria and gas chambers and 56,000 perished, 11,000 of them Jewish.

Many were summarily executed by SS guards, subjected to horrific medical experiments or forced to work in armaments factories. Starvation and disease also claimed thousands.

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