I reviewed Eric Hunt's movie. It is great and an eye opener about Nordhausen.
What is a disgrace is the the United States Holocaust Museum uses propaganda films exploiting the
Nordhausen horror to promote its Holocaust tales.
Director Sara Bloomfield
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
100 Raoul Wallenberg Place SW
Washington, DC 20024-2126
Regarding- The Tragedy of the Nordhausen Camp Hospital
Dear Director Bloomfield:
I am writing regarding the horrible tragedy of the bombing of the Nordhausen Camp Hospital and the exploitation of the tragedy in propaganda films which are still used by your museum....
See letter to USHMM at http://codoh.com/library/document/4055/
A Photo Opportunity
On April 11 elements of the US 3rd Armored and 104th Infantry Divisions reached Nordhausen. The bodies of those who died in the bombing and its aftermath were pulled from the rubble and lined up for a "photo opportunity. " No mention was made that the "props" were provided courtesy of the British air force.
Cameramen A. Statt and Rosenmann had a keen eye for filming the horrors, focusing on details of the dead and sick. The filming was supervised by Major Frank Gleason of the JAGD 89th
Here is Documentary Evidence
Their work was packaged into numerous propaganda films and Nordhausen achieved a brief notoriety. An example of the propaganda use Gleason's work was put to can be seen at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4B_KYf7bKFM;
Universal Newsreel's Nazi Murder Mills, an Official NewsReel. We are informed that, "The vile inhuman beasts took pride in their concentration camp at Nordhausen;" that the deaths were the result of "Germany's organized carnage", and "For the first time, America can believe what they thought was impossible propaganda. Here is documentary evidence of sheer mass murder. Murder that will blacken the name of Germany for the rest of recorded history."
If It Please The Tribunal
The true history of the bombing and devastation of Nordhausen was known when the Nuremberg Trial started but the film images were "too good" not to be used by the prosecution. The film footage was shown early in the Trial, on November 29, 1945, as a segment of a longer motion picture described as A Documentary Motion Picture / Document No. 2430-PS / Submitted on behalf of U.S. Chief Counsel as exhibit USA 79. In the film it was stated that, "at least 3,000 political prisoners died here [the Boelcke Kaserne] at the brutal hands of SS troops..." The camp hospital was described only as "a depository for slaves found unfit for work."
No mention was made of the British bombings.
Assistant Prosecutor Thomas Dodd presented the movie to the Tribunal, claiming that,
"that each and every one of these defendants knew of the existence of these concentration camps;...that fear and terror and nameless horror of the concentration camps were instruments by which the defendants retained power and suppressed the opposition to any of their policies, including, of course, their plans for aggressive war." That is, Dodd implied that the conditions in Nordhausen seen in the movie were the conditions of "nameless horror" in the camps well prior to April 1945. This was a significant fraud and a vile exploitation of the Nordhausen tragedy. Dodd is infamous for having brought a shrunken head into the Tribunal.
Continued Dishonesty and Exploitation
This exploitation is widespread even 70 years after Dodd's shameful antics.The US Holocaust Museum website on Dora-Mittelbau (also known as Dora-Nordhausen or Nordhausen)at https://www.ushmm.org/wlc/en/article.ph ... d=10005322
still uses the propaganda video...and still "forgets" to mention that the people in the film were killed in a German hospital by British bombardment.
The propaganda film is also used in an exhibit in your museum and, amazingly, your Museum does not even mention the terrible bombings.
Thank goodness for Eric's work or the slimy exploitation of the Nordhausen dead by the
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum would not have been known.