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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. Vida Velasco says:

    Angela Bradley – I agree that the Jewish people need a country; one thing the Holocaust taught us is that without the ability to self-determination, genocide is one of the most dire consequences. The same thing holds true for the Palestinians (which is whom I am supposing you are referring to as the "someone else"); they are governed by those whom they elected. Interesting side note: Mamoud Abbas, the President of the Palestinian authority, just celebrated the 9th year of his 4 year term as president. He was supposed to serve until 2009 but hasn't given up power yet.

    I don't see how the Jewish people took something that wasn't for them; Israel is the only place where they ever had sovereignty and after the Jewish people were dispersed by the Romans, that region was governed by outside powers, the last of whom were the Ottomans. As you may recall, one of the things that the Allies had to decide after WWI was what to do with the former Ottoman Empire, hence the creation of the Mandates in the Middle East. The Palestine Mandate, which was to be the Jewish national home, was drawn up the same time as Syria, Lebanon, Arabia, and most of the modern day Middle East. It was signed as part of an internationally binding treaty, signed at the San Remo conventions.

    I would urge you to be informed on the facts and then form your opinion. There are plenty of resources out there. I hope that someday, Israeli and Palestinian children alike will have peace in the future.

  2. Vida Velasco says:

    I completely agree. It renews my already strong commitment to making sure it never happens again.

  3. Caroline Nephew-haas says:

    I,m soo sorry for what was done to all of god's people. By a sick man…

  4. Matt Jackson That is the most ridiculous comment I have ever read or heard. I don't need a God to tell me what is good and what is bad to form my own opinion and decide that this is pure evil. Read the bible and you'll discover how "good" is your god; the god of genocide and racial cleansing. There have been more people killed in the name of god that for any other reason… and I mean INNOCENT people. Your god is the god of ignorance and the perfect excuse for those that don't have arguments for anything.

  5. Paulo Kanner says:

    Never to be forgotten…E dá pra acreditar que ainda existam pessoas que duvidam destas imagens? Notem que os soldados americanos trouxeram a população alemã para ver a insanidade praticada pelo seu governo…e na minha opinião, não parecem tão chocados…

  6. Ted Painter says:

    Everyone says never again, but there are people in the United States and virtually every country in the world who would be only too happy to have it happen again. We must be ever watchful to make sure they never get the opportunity.

  7. Eric Peloquin says:

    Alberto Perez You are parroting the twaddle of atheists like Richard Dawkins. People who say things like you say illustrate the fact that they are, in fact, completely ignorant of what the bible teaches. Anyone who has killed or committed any atrocity in the name of Christianity has done to in direct contravention of the teachings of Christ.
    As to your comments on good and evil. It is impossible to determine what is evil without a standard by which to judge. You say a person can form his own opinion of what is good. Well, according to the laws and mores of Germany under the Nazi regime, what they did to these Jews (and Gypsies, mentally ill etc.) was very good for the "national revival"
    Hitler was a devoted disciple of Nietzsche and gave copies of his writings to Stalin and Mussolini. Hitler's entire philosophy of the Arian race being the Übermensch (Super-man) came from Nietzsche's book "Thus Spoke Zarathustra". And Nietzsche is the father of modern atheism. Be careful before you cast stones. In fact, far more people have been killed in the advancement of atheistic ideals than any religion. From Hitler to Stalin to Pol Pot this has proven to be true.

  8. Angela Bradley says:

    Vida Velasco – apologies, I was nearing the end of my (lengthy) reply to you re a certain 'clause' the Mandate, when the page suddenly refreshed of it's own accord and my reply had gone! It's nigh on 2am here, I am too tired to re-do, but will do so tomorrow. Understand I am not anti-Israel, nor would I come onto a Jewish website simply to 'provoke'. 'Till tomorrow.

  9. Eric Peloquin Why are you assuming that I am an atheist? Why do you assume that Stalin or Pol Pot did what they did because they were atheists? I could name probably far more power hungry dictators and tyrants that went to church every single Sunday and invoked god in their speeches, than you could name atheists, starting with the Latin American dictators that in the last fifty years have killed many thousands of their own people. Those that proclaim themselves followers of a certain doctrine or ideology, don't necessarily follow their principles and guidelines; they might say so, but they don't really do so… they preach but they don't practice, like most Christians. When I was referring to the bible and the god of vengeance I was talking about the old testament, and you should have known that. There are many examples of stonings and killings in the name of god there.

  10. I've never seen this footage before. Goodness how my heart is pounding.

  11. Vida Velasco says:

    Angela Bradley – Thanks for clarifying. I can only take people at face value and you may want to consider how you phrase your ideas in the future. As a stranger who doesn't know you, I did conclude that you must not be informed and thus have the notions about the Jewish people taking what isn't theirs based on a lack of factual basis. I do see a difference between being a smart supporter of Israel and a blind supporter. No country is perfect and there are plenty of things that Israel has done that I don't agree with. That doesn't mean that I don't support Israel's right to exist, however. Have a good evening.

  12. Valarie Ann Sutton-Kingston says:

    Remember them…………….. and never forget them………….. we must not allow this to happen ever again.

  13. David Rosen says:

    Too bad the world is more focused today on the Grammys and Super Bowl- We Must Never Forget!

  14. Yael Nishry says:

    Haunting and disturbing footage. This must be remembered forever. We must all remember and pray for those who died in the camps and for those who survived the camps. We should also remember and pray for the soldiers and aid workers who liberated the camps and did the relief work.

  15. Beth Dougherty Blair says:

    Oh my gosh! My grandfather was there at Dachou and helped liberate the surviving Jews!!! He used to tell me stories about it through tears before he passed! What he remembered the most was how gaunt they were and how they would scrounge for scraps of food in trash cans around the camp, and there it was in this footage of Dachou!! We must NEVER forget!!! I know my grandfather did not! Being there and helping to liberate HaShem's people made quite an impact on him that he never forgot! We must keep the memory of this atrocity alive and pass it on lest we forget and this horror replays itself through another evil mind!

  16. Lidia Berman-Prilick says:

    Just very sad that my grand parents lost all their families. Thank you for this video.

  17. Diane Hicks says:

    hope history doesn't repeat itself

  18. I have never read Harry Potter.

  19. Alberto Perez Hola Alberto… No te equivoques… Dios es amor… No le echemos la culpa de cosas que el predijo que si el hombre no las cambiaba iban a traer grandes desgracias. Hay que hacerse cargo de nuestras pobrezas

  20. Unfortunately we have not understood the message. If we did not exist refugee camps in the Congo, Syria, finance companies would not have racial killings explotart speed change to third world countries, etc …

  21. Eileen Gindin Spiegel says:

    Angela Bradley They have taken nothing. The land was and always will be theirs.

  22. Eileen Gindin Spiegel says:

    Angela Bradley They have taken nothing. The land was and always will be theirs.

  23. Eileen Gindin Spiegel says:

    Farhana Rahman never forget.

  24. Laury Sellem says:

    Have a close look, monsters of the world. SHARE.

  25. I remember the pictures on the news reels at the movie theatre when the war ended. I was 12 yrs old (no Tv then.) Some of the German men were kicked in the gas chambers when they tried to refuse entering inside. I believe a local mayor and his and others of his government were among the first ones made to go inside.
    It was terrible to see the dead and starving.

  26. I feel sorry for you.

  27. It was on the news reels in the theatres when the war ended.

  28. Jason Don says:

    That really has nothing to do with the point I was trying to make.

  29. Lynne Marton says:

    Angela Bradley – you really don't understand do you?? We, the Jewish people are not taking what doesn't belong to us – it always has belonged to us – that little piece of land – out of all the rest of the territory – is OURS!!!! The arabs have rewritten history and laid claim to what was NEVER theirs and say that we have taken their land and think that since they scream the loudest, it must be so. Well, they are wrong – and so are you!!! Read your history!!

  30. It's too bad they slapped some sad music over this. I think the whole point is to show that it's Not a Spielberg movie.

  31. As hard as this is to watch, everyone–young and old–should see it and know that evil exists in this world. My wonderful father was a young U.S. soldier who was at Dachau when those poor people were finally freed. It is burned into his memory still at the age of 94. We must always be vigilant in defending freedom and protecting others, and give gratitude and honor to those who serve in our millitary and carry the heavy load for us.

  32. Avishai Zonnenberg says:

    us Jews we are geniuses, who else would have thought of such thing and with so much attention to details, and who would have thought that the whole world would buy in to this?

  33. Murray Lampert says:

    Make no mistake, there were no tears shed by the German bastards who were to see what they had done. The handkerchiefs were being used to try to escape the stench of death.

  34. …words are meaningless…

  35. This must always be remembered so it can never happen again.

  36. To those who say never, I say never again. May we never forget mans inhumanity to man.

  37. To those who say never, I say never again. May we never forget mans inhumanity to man.

  38. Mark Simons says:

    Jonny Speed I would suggest it is an ironic jealousy. Born initially out of their inherent ability to be entrepreneurs. The irony is that the more persecution there is, the greater their ability to trade an amass wealth. A vicious circle for the anti-semitic’s..

  39. Nissim Cazes says:

    "We will not forget and will not forgive"

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