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    Disturbing footage of liberation of concentration camp - shocking images of dead bodies and survivors.

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    WARNING - disturbing footage - upsetting to view.

    No title. Unedited footage showing concentration camp in Germany during Second World War. Camp not named. Truly shocking and horrific footage showing results of the Holocaust.

    Short shots of smiling prisoners of war standing behind a barbed wire fence. They wave at the camera. Presumably this is at the time of the liberation of the concentration camps or "death camps". M/S of army vehicles with British soldiers driving into the camp. C/U of smiling children behind the barbed wire. C/U of two young women who smile. One woman has a piece of fabric with a number on attached to the arm of her jumper. Various footage of the concentration camp prisoners being given food and drink in cans by their liberators. M/S of man lying on the ground drinking from a bowl. Various shots of prisoners hungrily eating and drinking. Some prisoners walk around looking dazed, others lie huddled on the ground. A woman sitting on the ground cries as she holds the hand of a liberating soldier.

    L/S of people in the camp. Some crouch on the ground. M/S of a very emaciated man opening out a piece of fabric. Low angle shot of prisoners walking in the grounds of the camp. A dead body lies sprawled in a ditch in the foreground. C/U of the dead body of a prisoner, blood on his face.

    M/S of British soldiers milling around. M/S of a pile of dead bodies. Some are naked. Very disturbing image. L/Ss of dead bodies lying around in the camp. M/S and horrible C/U of naked dead bodies jumbled together in a pile. C/U of dead woman's face. L/S of pile of bodies. M/S of child and other bodies. Several C/Us of dead faces - really horrific stuff. M/S of dead man sprawled out on the ground. He is naked and emaciated. L/S of other naked dead men. Shot showing large number of naked dead bodies.

    M/S of a burial pit. Victims of the gas chambers piled into the pit. Three soldiers walk around the edge of the pit. C/U of dead bodies in the pit. Very disturbing images.

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    01:10:44:00 / 01:14:03:00

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  1. mccrohse says

    Hi there, I'm doing some research on the various bits of footage from the liberation of Belsen. I'm trying to work out when those newsreels would have first been shown to the British public and how. Do you have any records of this by any chance? Thanks for your help.

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  2. franziska says

    Hey @mccrohse, did you find what you were looking for? I'm trying to find such newsreels, too.... Thanks for the help

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