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Rare Color Footage of the Liberation of Buchenwald and Dachau


Rare Color Footage of Liberation

See a longer version of the Buchenwald footage here: Norman Krasna’s Color Footage from Buchenwald.

This video shows the Liberation of the Buchenwald and Dachau Concentration Camps. Watch the German Townspeople who were ordered by the Americans to go to the camps and watch.

I find that the color enhances the reality of these images, doesn’t permit them to be overlooked. The black and white images we’ve all been saturated with, unfortunately, have all merged over time into one, continuous and incomprehensible fog. The color, especially when reflected from the Germans being forced to look at what they had done, makes it impossible to overlook the horror.


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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150 Responses to “Rare Color Footage of the Liberation of Buchenwald and Dachau”

  1. No words just tears.

  2. Issy Rondel says:

    Some where there, lie my family, uncles, aunties, cousins, I lost my entire family members of about 45 close relatives. So you ask why am I argumentative and angry.

  3. What we tend to forget is that if any German breathed so much as a whisper of criticism against The Moustache and his Boys, they would be imprisoned or killed, just like everyone else. It does no good whatsoever to demonize anyone. That's what led to the slaughter of millions of Jews, Gypsies and so forth.

  4. This must never happen again.

  5. John Green says:

    I SWEAR BEFORE GOD AND COUNTRY! THIS WILL NOT HAPPEN HERE!!!!

  6. No. The little one-balled painter could have been stopped if everyone said no. But they all loved it. They loved taking the Jews' possessions, they loved getting rid of the Jews, and they were just upset that they lost the war.

  7. You're entitled to your opinion.

  8. The same happens today within Muslim/Islamic communities.They are frightened to speak out for fear of retribution.I believe that most of these people know that the God of Abraham Isaac and Jacob is the one true God but if they admit that they would be killed.My message to them is to repent and ask Gods Son Jesus to forgive them of their sins before its too late.

  9. Still, the Satanic belivers insist the Hulocast never happen.

  10. Where was this film when my dad was alive, I would have loved to hear his description, he survived both.

  11. Our duty today: NEVER TO FORGET

  12. Lidia Aron says:

    No more!

  13. Donna Ttid Tuck says:

    I have no religion, I believe in no god. My profile picture is to commemorate, respect and remember. This can never be denied or forgotten. No matter what you believe, or what god you believe in, this is evil in the extreme. It cannot be allowed to happen again in any country, to any race, or any religion.

  14. Leo Erwin says:

    YEA…NOT TO FORGET WHILE WE LET THE WORLD DO IT AGAIN….GET UP TO DATE…AND STOP THIS HATE OF NATIONS…AND ISRAEL WILL THINK OF THIS BUT NOT THINK OF WHAT THEY ARE DOING TO OTHERS….BEING A JEW SOMETIMES MAKES ME WONDER WHAT THE HELL THESE MORONS THAT RUN THE COUNTRY ARE DOING…….DEFINATELY NOT RIGHT….

  15. Cynthia Roeth says:

    So moving. So sad. So meaningful. To gloss over, misrepresent, or forget about these atrocities is a second affront to the millions who suffered and died. To progress as a civilization, we must embrace the full and horrific truth and learn from it. Learn and never ever repeat.

  16. Never forget! Never again!

  17. Jonny Speed says:

    Jessie Schechter Nearly everywhere the Jews have settled they have been persecuted and expelled. I have always wondered why over the thousands of years…

  18. Julie Weiner says:

    My heart is broken. Breaks more when a Jew today denies being a Jew

  19. Jason Hurley says:

    There are very few things I would personally force other human beings to do at gunpoint, but in this case, I would have done the same as the Allied soldiers. The civilians of any nation, which perpetrates such actions, should see the fruit of their government's policies.

  20. Jasen Kasten says:

    Never forget, never again.

  21. Sarah Ganson says:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Solomon

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sudanese_refugees_in_Israel
    (remember Darfur that no one talks about anymore? Yeah, Israel took in refugees from Darfur to save lives)

    and specifically if you're talking about the Palestinian conflict… they don't have it as bad as the media let's you believe https://www.swuconnect.com/insys/npoflow.v.2/_assets/pdfs/fact_sheets/Gaza.pdf

    Maybe, as a Jew, you should educate yourself before you start bashing the only place that will take you in (god forbid) if another holocaust were to happen. Then how much would you be bashing Israel? Also, as a Jew you disgust me that you would make such a comment on a video that shows the exact reason why the jews needed a country in the first place. No country is perfect so stop putting all your focus on Israel's imperfections, because every single country has them- and Israel's isn't even the worst in the world.

    Done.

  22. Emily Bass-Collins says:

    Heart Brreaking~We shall never forget.

  23. Holly Anderson Wilson says:

    I dont' have any words….

  24. Gi Orman says:

    I have no words to describe what I am feeling while I watch this….

    I am producing a new documentary now on the Holocaust but when you see real footage like this, just no words

  25. Thanks for keeping this in memory. How many of our loved ones went through this?

  26. this is just awful should of never happen in the first place

  27. Chana Boas says:

    why this music, so beloved of the Germans, as background for these appalling pictures of their barbarity?

  28. Mina Gold says:

    The Germans were crying ????? where were they during the war years when the Jewish nation were crying and suffering ??????? These people ?????? were just a mile away from the camps?????? lots of ?????? but no answers.

  29. Matt Jackson says:

    Consider this though: There's a reason that you consider this evil. And that is because there is a God who has set the standard for good.

  30. Galith Natalie says:

    …NEVER FORGET

  31. Add a cI PROTEST THE TRIP TO AUSCHWITZ BY THE ISRAELI KENESSET AND OTHERS because a huge amount of money being spent. My father was in Auschwitz and my mother was in the work camp Skarzishko and Beuchenwald concentration camp during the Holocaust . Even though my wife and I visited Auschwitz and the other camps to verify that they existed, the Polish government still has not returned the land and homes owned by all my grandparents and relatives who were murdered by the Nazis. All children of these Holocaust survivors should protest and demand compensation. Would have been better to purchase food, medicine and pay the rent and obtain medical services for indigent holocaust survivors.
    Rabbi Dr. Bernhard Rosenberg omment…

  32. Avis Gouthro Holt says:

    We must NEVER forget what was done to HUMAN BEINGSmesmerize

  33. Angela Bradley says:

    Sarah Ganson – extremely hypocritical post. Yes, the Jews needed a country. They don't have to take more and more of someone else's through force though, do they. Edited to add:

  34. Angela Bradley says:

    Sarah Ganson – extremely hypocritical post. Yes, the Jews needed a country. They don't have to take more and more of someone else's through force though, do they. Edited to add:

  35. Avis Gouthro Holt says:

    We must NEVER forget what was done to these HUMAN BEINGS by other human beings led by ONE human being who could mesmerize millions.

  36. Jason Don says:

    What we also "tend to forget," is that it took quite some time before we reached the point where people were scared to criticize the NAZIs. The NAZIs advocated a racially motivated political agenda from day 1, so don't pretend like there were tons of Germans afraid to speak out from the beginning. Later on, when regular Germans didn't like where things were going, sure maybe then. But the NAZIs were only able to rise to power because the German people allowed it to happen.

    Also why the euphemism "The Moustache and his Boys"? I realize I'm quoting Harry Potter but "Fear of a name only increases fear of the thing itself." His name was Adolf Hitler and his "boys" were and should always be remembered as, NAZIs. Now maybe you might say that Hitler was someone to be feared, but fear is the reason why no one intervened each time Hitler annexed another couunty, and fear is the reason why people choose to euphemisms. Sorry for this long diatribe but let me just pose to you a final question.

    If you were wandering in the woods and you came across a rabid grizzly bear, completely devoid of reason, would you pretend that it was a teddy bear in the hopes that maybe the wild animal would act friendly? I realize that WWII and the Holocaust happened years ago, but the world will never be free of tyrants. If we want to prevent the past from happening again, then we need to start calling a spade a spade.

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