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April 11, 1945 Buchenwald Concentration Camp Liberated

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Liberation of Buchenwald Concentration Camp

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American soldiers at the Buchenwald gatehouse, April 1945

 

The Buchenwald concentration camp was liberated on April 11, 1945 by four soldiers in the Sixth Armored Division of the US Third Army, commanded by General George S. Patton. Just before the Americans arrived, the camp had already been taken over by the Communist prisoners who had killed some of the guards and forced the rest to flee into the nearby woods.

Pfc. James Hoyt was driving the M8 armoured vehicle which brought Capt. Frederic Keffer, Tech. Sgt. Herbert Gottschalk and Sgt. Harry Ward to the Buchenwald camp that day.

The following quote is from a CNN news story on the occasion of the death of James Hoyt on August 14, 2008 at the age of 83:

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First American liberators arrive at Buchenwald

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Bodies found by American soldiers at Buchenwald

Among the first American soldiers to enter the Buchenwald concentration camp was First Lieutenant Edward A. Tenenbaum, who spoke "American German," according to The Buchenwald Report. He arrived on April 11th, along with a civilian named Egon W. Fleck, at 5:30 p.m. in an American jeep. The two men stayed in Buchenwald that night in Block 50, the medical building.

Fleck and Tenenbaum wrote a detailed report on what their lengthy investigation of the camp had revealed. Alfred Toombs, who was Tenenbaum's commanding officer, wrote a preface to the report, in which he mentioned how "the prisoners themselves organized a deadly terror within the Nazi terror."

The following quote from Fleck and Tenenbaum's report describes the power exercised by the German Communist prisoners at Buchenwald:

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@Valin They don't teach enough about this in todays schools and because it is far enough from the event (as 9/11 is getting to be) not enough of todays used really appreciate the extent of the evil - as evidenced by their casual use of the words Nazi and Hitler. Evil is real.

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4 minutes ago, Geee said:

@Valin They don't teach enough about this in todays schools and because it is far enough from the event (as 9/11 is getting to be) not enough of todays used really appreciate the extent of the evil - as evidenced by their casual use of the words Nazi and Hitler. Evil is real.

 

I wonder if people really know Evil, and what it does. Sure everyone Know Hitler was evil, but how many know these guys and what they did?

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Carlo Gambino

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Frank Costello

 

 

One of the things that drives nuts, is when I hear someone say..."People Are Basically Good."  I wonder if they've ever read a history book?

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