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Between Blood Road and German culture stands the barbarism of Buchenwald

Between Blood Road and German culture stands the barbarism of Buchenwald

3rd Army.3rd Army neared the camp in April 1945.When the 3rd Army arrived at Buchenwald on April 11, the Nazis had “evacuated” some 28,000 prisoners, but 21,000 others, many in a pitiful state, had been left behind to die.Two days later, knowing that American troops were approaching, the Nazi commander of the main camp put thousands of prisoners on trains or forced them to evacuate on foot in one of the death marches that took place across occupied Europe in the waning days of the war.

’” When then-President Barack Obama visited Buchenwald in 2009, he commented on the “irony about the beauty of the landscape and the horror that took place here.” “For amidst the countless acts of cruelty that took place here, we know that there were many acts of courage and kindness as well,” he said.

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