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Inventory of the Buchenwald Concentration Camp Photographs, 1945

Descriptive Summary

Abstract: The collection consists of four photographs of Buchenwald concentration camp taken in April 1945, shortly after its liberation by the U.S. Army.
Title: Buchenwald concentration camp photographs
Creator: Goodin, Benjamin
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 1065-031

Historical Note

Buchenwald concentration camp was constructed in 1937, about five miles northwest of Weimar, Germany. It housed political prisoners, Jews, and other groups targeted by the Nazis. Inmates at Buchenwald and its subcamps performed forced labor for the Nazis and other German private businesses throughout World War II.

In early April 1945, as American troops approached Buchenwald, prisoners were forced on a death march. On April 11, the remaining prisoners, after hearing about the approach of the Americans, stormed the watchtowers and seized control of the camp. The U.S. Army arrived later that afternoon and liberated the camp. Major Benjamin Goodin, an operations officer with the 6th Armored Division, visited Buchenwald on April 13 and afterwards was given the photographs that comprise this collection.

Collection Overview

The collection consists of four photographs of Buchenwald concentration camp taken in April 1945, shortly after its liberation by the U.S. Army. Photographs show the grounds, bunks, and gallows within the camp.

Collection Arrangement

Materials are decscribed 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.


    • 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

    • Black-and-white photographs


    Photographs, 1945   folder 1

    Administrative Information

    Access Restrictions

    This collection is open for research.

    Copyright Notice

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    The materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study, pursuant to U.S. copyright law. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials. Any materials used for academic research or otherwise should be fully credited with the source.

    Preferred Citation

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

    Acquisitions Information

    Materials were donated in 2007 by Benjamin Goodin.

    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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