This photograph shows a gratuitous scene at the Lagar Nordhausen Concentration Camp. American soldiers, who liberated the camp in 1945, are seen looking at the many bodies of prisoners that were murdered by the Nazis in the camp. Lagar Nordhausen was a sub-camp of the concentration camp Dora-Mittelbau in Thuringia, located in east-central Germany.
- This photo is from the Lagar Nordhausen Concentration Camp, which was liberated by American troops. Based on the image, what are the environmental and human costs of war?
- What is the role of American medics and emergency personnel in a situation like this photo?
- Compare this photo to German People of Nordhausen Digging Mass Graves for Concentration Camp. What roles did American soldiers play after the liberation of the concentration camps?
"American soldiers look at the long rows of bodies at Lagar Nordhausen concentration camp where the prisoners died from malnutrition, cruelty and disease in bestial conditions," April 1945. Courtesy of Library of Congress