General Eisenhower at a Nazi Camp - Photo

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General Eisenhower believed that people would dispute the types of atrocities which took place at Nazi concentration camps.  He anticipated that individuals who did not personally see what occurred would deny that death camps had ever existed.

As a result, Eisenhower wanted high-ranking Allied officers - including himself - to personally appear in photographs which depicted Nazi concentration camps.   In this image, Eisenhower is inspecting Ohrdruf (a sub-camp of Buchenwald). 

The U.S. National Archives, where this image is maintained, provides the following description:

(WX5-APRIL) EISENHOWER VISITS FORMER CONCENTRATION CAMP - Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower, Supreme Allied Commander, (standing center, hands on hips) gazes at the bodies of dead Russian and Polish internees at the former German concentration camp at Ohrdruf, while touring the Third Army front with other Generals, April 12 [1945].

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Image online, courtesy U.S. National Archives.



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