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.