A rare and shocking photograph from the results of the massacre of Russian prisoners by the Nazis on April 8, 1945, in which German citizens are seen preparing for burial the body of a Russian prisoner who was murdered by the Nazis. British Photographic Service OWI, May 1945.
On April 8, 1945, towards the end of the war, SS men massacred over 200 Russian military officers - prisoners of war in Wülfel - a suburb near Hanover in Germany. The Nazis hastily put the bodies in the ground in a mass grave and covered them with dirt so that no traces of the terrible massacre would be discovered. On May 2, 1945, when the soldiers of the 35th Division of the United States Army arrived at the place, they forced German citizens and members of the Nazi Party in Hanover to remove the bodies from the mass grave and prepare them for burial one by one. In the photo, German citizens place the body of a Russian prisoner on a white sheet to wrap the body and prepare it for a proper burial. In the background can be seen the bodies of other victims covered with a sheet and flowers on it, and the German crowd that was brought to the scene by the Allies to watch what their people had done.
The photograph is described on the back in print on pieces of paper glued to the back - French and English.
Size: 24x18 cm. We hid the face of the photographed corpse, a photo of the full photograph will be sent to those interested upon request. Very good condition.