Survivors gaze at photographer Margaret Bourke-White and rescuers from the United States Army during the liberation of Buchenwald, April 1945.

A Czech doctor (right) prepares to examine a Buchenwald concentration camp inmate while other inmates surround him, awaiting treatment, April 1945.

Examining Buchenwald prisoners after the camp’s liberation by U.S. troops, April 1945.

The caption that accompanied this image when it appeared in the May 7, 1945, issue of LIFE: “Deformed by malnutrition, a Buchenwald prisoner leans against his bunk after trying to walk. Like other imprisoned slave laborers, he worked in a Nazi factory until too feeble.”

Prisoners, too emaciated to walk, at Buchenwald during the camp’s liberation by American forces, April 1945.

Prisoners at Buchenwald gaze from behind barbed wire during the camp’s liberation by American forces, April 1945.

The dead at Buchenwald, April 1945.

The remains of an incinerated prisoner inside a Buchenwald cremation oven, April 1945.

A newly liberated prisoner stands beside a pile of human ashes and bones, Buchenwald, April 1945.

Prisoners at Buchenwald display their identification tattoos shortly after camp’s liberation by Allied forces, April 1945.

German civilians are forced by American troops to bear witness to Nazi atrocities at Buchenwald concentration camp, mere miles from their own homes, April 1945.

German civilians are forced by American troops to bear witness to Nazi atrocities at Buchenwald concentration camp, mere miles from their own home, April 1945.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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