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Norman Krasna’s Color Footage from Buchenwald

Color Footage from Buchenwald

Thanks to Bryce Nelson for his upload of Norman Krasna’s film “Lest We Forget,” filmed for Warner Bros. and Paramount onsite the Buchenwald Labor Camp.

Some of this video was featured here on International Holocaust Memorial Day.

Nelson notes that he made minor tweaks to the video to improve its quality and the quality of the audio.

“The footage was acquired from within my family,” he writes, “as we are relatives of Erle Krasna, Norman’s wife.”

The Buchenwald concentration camp ( the name means beech forest in German) was established on the Etter Mountain near Weimar, Germany, in July 1937, one of the first and the largest of the concentration camps in Germany. Dachau opened in 1933.

Buchenwald housed prisoners from all over Europe and the Soviet Union—Jews, non-Jewish Poles and other Slavs, as well as Germans suffering from mental illness or birth defects, religious and political prisoners, Gypsies, Freemasons, “J. Witnesses,” criminals, homosexuals, and prisoners of war.

This is what it looked like at the time of its liberation.

Watching these films I feel as if I’m watching a study in human madness. Personally, I turn it off after a few minutes. I turn it off if it doesn’t make me cry immediately. Because then it means I’ve become desensitized, and the footage has become meaningless, or worse, a kind of bizarre pornography. I think that anyone who watches this footage and doesn’t tear out his or her hair and sits and cries bitterly should take a break from it. Until they can be shocked again. And if a long times passes and this evidence of human bestiality doesn’t move them into tears, but rather to cynical expressions – I recommend a psychiatrist.

I plan one day to make a science fiction movie about the earth being invaded by aliens and it turns out they’re all trained shrinks. I shall name it ET: Earthling Therapy.


About the Author: Yori Yanover has been a working journalist since age 17, before he enlisted and worked for Ba'Machane Nachal. Since then he has worked for Israel Shelanu, the US supplement of Yedioth, JCN18.com, USAJewish.com, Lubavitch News Service, Arutz 7 (as DJ on the high seas), and the Grand Street News. He has published Dancing and Crying, a colorful and intimate portrait of the last two years in the life of the late Lubavitch Rebbe, (in Hebrew), and two fun books in English: The Cabalist's Daughter: A Novel of Practical Messianic Redemption, and How Would God REALLY Vote.


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13 Responses to “Norman Krasna’s Color Footage from Buchenwald”

  1. Stuart Wragg says:

    Have we learnt from this?

  2. Kim Rhodes says:

    That was very difficult to watch. Never forget.

  3. Nancy Walk says:

    So difficult to watch…my heart aches for these innocent people.

  4. Cody Flecker says:

    What is the purpose of seeing these horrific films if we have learned nothing from this experience? Israel today is releasing numerous murderers with blood on their hands because the USA forced them to do so. All for the sake of an imaginary peace that will never come until one side eliminates the other. American Jews voted for Obama twice and donated hundreds of millions of dollars to the Democratic campaign to demonize The State of Israel, and no one gives a damn about it. These films serve a purpose in history and should be preserved, but we should never forget that there were numerous "Holocausts" that befell the Jewish People. This last episode is but one of them.

  5. there is evil just as there is goodness. the purveyors of such evil are the fungus of humanity, the infected pustules of the inner spaces without a soul. never forget. never forget that such as these monsters exist and that they are real. never forget.

  6. Contêm cenas chocantes, mas não se pode ignorar uma realidade tão brutal como esta. Sobretudo num momento em que voltam a aparecer movimentos que copiam as ideias de Hitler.

  7. AND THAT SWINE, TERRORIST LEADER, ABBAS DENIES THAT TH HOLOCAUST EVER HAPPENED.
    THAT MUSLIM IN THE WH IS GOING ALL OUT TO DESTROY ISRAEL FOR HIS MUSLIM BROTHERS.

    iDIOT KERRY CALLED THE BIBLICAL, HISTORICAL LAND GIVEN TO ABRAHAM FOR THE JEWISH PEOPLE, WHERE JEWS HAVE BUILT HOMES, CITIES, FARMS, "ILLEGITIMATE".
    OBAMA AND KERRY TWSTED NETANYAHU'S ARM TO RELEASE MASS KILLERS SO THAT THAT SWINE, ABBAS WOULD SIT AND TALK PEACE. BUT I BLAME NETANYAHU FOR AGREEING TO THIS. SURELY, HE HAS HAD LOTS OF EXPERIENCE WITH ARABS LIES? SURLEY, HE KNEW THAT ABBAS IS ONLY USING THAT LIE TO GET HIS KILLERS BACK ON THE ROAD?
    NOW HE HAS CALLED THEM HEROES. AND AWARDED THEM HUGE FINANCIAL REWARDS.

    I ASK BIBI TO RESIGN. HE IS AS MUCH A FOOL AS KERRY. tHOSE KILLERS WILL RETURN TO THEIR EVIL DEEDS. AND BIBI WILL HAVE EVERY BIT OF JEWISH BLOOD, SPILT BY THOSE SAVAGE BASTARDS, ON HIS HANDS.

  8. Greg Thoms says:

    I'd really like to see the one from Dachau My ex wife's grandfather was one of the first troops through the gate, and described How they marched the townspeople out there. He said they hated those germans for being able to ignore what was going on, and really didn't give a damn if they lived or died they had so much contempt for those people.

  9. I am pleased to say that I have been greatly moved by this footage. I have put two Teddy bears from my own childhood, which was 45yrs ago, on the back seat of my car to represent and remind me of the children whose childhoods were destroyed in a simular way to those brave men and women depicted in your film. They give me the opportunity to tell people why they are there. I only wish I were taxi driver. Thank you for this and I look forwards to the remake of E. T. as a sci-fi, comedy, horror film. I have written a prayer inspired from watching the film, which can be found on http://www.harveyfrench.co.uk at the foot of the "About Me" page. I am diagnosed with bi-polar "disorder" and if I had been a German may not have survived the war. I do wonder whether there are fewer bipolar people in Germany today per capita than in the uk. If so it id their loss.
    Solidarity brothers & sisters. Om shanti, Shalom, Salaam, Amen. ie submit fully to the maker, and may you and the earth have peace.

  10. I am sad to say that these extermination campus are not inhumane as they have been done before the 1930's and after the second world war, not on such a grand scale, but never the less they have been done and therefore form part of what it means to be a human. I am embarrassed to be part of the human race and ashamed of many things we have and are still doing, such as raping the planet, for instance. The film shows the results of immoral acts, but also the war enabled men to show their honorable courageous spirit as depicted in many memorials in the uk, for those who have given their own bodies for the cause of justice. Please see my website for a prayer inspired by this film. http://Www.HarveyFrench.Co.Uk then about me. Om shanti/shallom. Amen?

  11. As a christian, we remember those who have their lives at our war memorials every year. We also holds services of remembrance for the dead. I will be talking to our priest about whether the war memorial service should include prayers particularly for those who suffered in imaginable deaths in these camps.
    We are all one. As humans we are all responsible for the songs of the human race. Are we part of the problem or are we the problem. We must choose to think for ourselves and not to just follow blindly along the path of our learnt behaviour.
    Om shanti/salaam/shalom., Amen?

  12. Cody Flecker says:

    Many Americans were the same way in their approach to the Government led by FDR. They couldn't care less as to the status of the Jewish People or for anyone for that matter who was in or going to the Camps.

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