Eisenhower reviewing the carnage at Ohrdruf

General Eisenhower reviewing the carnage at Ohrdruf concentration camp on April 12, 1945, the first to be liberated by the American Army.


Buchenwald Survivors

Survivors photographed at Buchenwald concentration camp, when it was liberated by the American Army, April 13, 1945.



Justice Robert H. Jackson shocked the courtroom on November 29, 1945, when he decided to present Nazi Concentration Camps, a 1-hour compilation of U.S. and British motion picture material that was shot as the Allies were liberating some of the concentration camps.

In a letter published in 1947, Stuart Schulberg described how, at the last moment, on the morning of the presentation, he taped neon tubing under the armrest of the prisoners’ dock, so that it would be possible to see the defendants’ reactions to the film in the darkened courtroom.

When Stuart Schulberg and his editor, Joseph Zigman, made Nuremberg: Its Lesson for Today, they intertwined the courtroom scenes with excerpts from The Nazi Plan and Nazi Concentration Camps.

A full account of the search for the Nazi photographs and film footage conducted by Budd Schulberg, Stuart Schulberg, and their OSS colleagues, appears in a forthcoming book called The Celluloid Noose.

For more information about Nuremberg: Its Lesson for Today, see the ABOUT THE FILM section.