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Inventory of the Buchenwald Concentration Camp Reports, 1945

Descriptive Summary

Abstract: The collection consists of two May 1945 U.S. Army reports written by F. van Wyck Mason describing conditions at Buchenwald concentration camp and other areas in Germany.
Title: Buchenwald concentration camp reports
Creator: Betsill, Edwin
Date(s): 1945  
Extent: 0.1 linear feet
(1 folder)
Repository: Jewish Heritage Collection, Special Collections, College of Charleston Libraries
66 George Street
Charleston, SC 29424
Phone: (843) 953-8016
Fax: (843) 953-6319
Call Number: Mss 1065-030
Language of Material: Materials in English

Biographical Note

Edwin Betsill, a U.S. Army soldier, served as the private secretary to Major General George W. Griner, commander of the 27th Infantry Division. Betsill made several copies of U.S. Army reports written by F. van Wyck Mason about Buchenwald for the general and retained copies for himself.

Collection Overview

The collection consists of two May 1945 U.S. Army reports written by F. van Wyck Mason describing conditions at Buchenwald concentration camp and other areas in Germany. The reports provide a brief history of the camp and its operations, a description of the surviving inmate population, and descriptions of the various buildings within the camp and their uses. Particular attention is paid to the crematorium and how it was operated.

Collection Arrangement

Materials are described at the folder level.

Search Terms

The following terms have been used to index this collection in the Library's online catalog. They are grouped by name of person, family, or organization, by topical subject, by place, and by types of material.


    • Mason, F. van Wyck (Francis van Wyck), 1901-1978
    • Buchenwald (Concentration camp)
    • United States. Army


    • Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)
    • World War, 1939-1945--Atrocities
    • World War, 1939-1945--Concentration camps--Germany--Buchenwald

    Types of Material

    • Reports


    Buchenwald concentration camp reports, 1945   folder 1

    Administrative Information

    Access Restrictions

    This collection is open for research.

    Copyright Notice

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    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Buchenwald concentration camp reports, College of Charleston Libraries, Charleston, SC, USA.

    Acquisitions Information

    Materials were donated in 2006 by Edwin Betsill.

    Processing Information

    Processed by Rebecca McClure, January 2012.

    Encoded by Rebecca McClure, April 2012.

    Reviewed and uploaded by Martha McTear, May 2012.

    Funding from the Council on Library and Information Resources supported the processing of this collection and encoding of the finding aid.

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