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A Train Near Magdeburg (Stumbled upon a great story)
Hudson Falls High School ^ | George Gross and "Red" Walsh

Posted on 01/20/2013 10:47:45 AM PST by frankenMonkey

A few miles northwest of Magdeburg there was a railroad siding in wooded ravine not far from the Elbe River. Major Clarence Benjamin in a jeep was leading a small task force of two light tanks from Dog Company on a routine job of patrolling. The unit came upon some 200 shabby looking civilians by the side of the road.

(Excerpt) Read more at hfcsd.org ...


TOPICS: Arts/Photography; Military/Veterans
KEYWORDS: clarencebenjamin; deathcamps; elberiver; history; magdeburg; nazi; theholocaust; worldwareleven; worldwarii; ww2; wwii
I was perusing the Internet this morning, researching some iconic photographs, and stumbled upon this story. Some photos, accompanying story, and several follow-up stories. They capture the moment a train full of Nazi prisoners were found and freed by several American soldiers. Great reading on a Sunday morning. Additional annotated photos here.
1 posted on 01/20/2013 10:47:52 AM PST by frankenMonkey
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To: frankenMonkey

That’s why we have the 2nd amendment.


2 posted on 01/20/2013 10:59:03 AM PST by spokeshave (The only people better off today than 4 years ago are the Prisoners at Guantanamo.)
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To: frankenMonkey

That’s why we have the 2nd amendment.


3 posted on 01/20/2013 10:59:19 AM PST by spokeshave (The only people better off today than 4 years ago are the Prisoners at Guantanamo.)
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To: frankenMonkey

wow that’s amazing. just incredible. thank you


4 posted on 01/20/2013 11:00:55 AM PST by visualops (artlife.us)
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To: frankenMonkey

Outstanding! Thanks for sharing ...


5 posted on 01/20/2013 11:08:36 AM PST by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: BartMan1; Nailbiter; stanley windrush

ping


6 posted on 01/20/2013 11:35:52 AM PST by IncPen (Read the Constitution.)
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To: frankenMonkey

7 posted on 01/20/2013 11:36:51 AM PST by Popman
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To: oh8eleven

Oh that we had more history teachers like Mr. Rozell in America.


8 posted on 01/20/2013 11:38:55 AM PST by WVNan
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To: frankenMonkey; mickie
Typing through blurry eyes....after reading the horror of man's inhumanity to man....and then reading about the humanity of our troops who came upon these unfortunate souls.

God bless every one of our present veterans in the name of these noble American emancipators who freed the Nazi prisoners that glorious day.

Leni

9 posted on 01/20/2013 11:40:42 AM PST by MinuteGal (Send a penny NOW to CNN, 1 Time-Warner Center, NY,NY 10019 for "PENNIES FOR LEAVING!" (Piers Morgan))
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To: MinuteGal

My dad was a WWII combat veteran, first in N. Africa, then on to storming the beach at Sicily, marching up through Italy, through hell, across the Rhine, into Germany, marching into Berlin half an hour after the cowardly Hitler and his girlfriend committed suicide. Daddy said he had seen the bodies at the concentration camps stacked several feet high, solid for an eighth of a mile. - I am still pissed at what that man wrought with his narcissism; and pissed at the narcissist that we must endure at this juncture.


10 posted on 01/20/2013 12:08:12 PM PST by Twinkie (JOHN 3:16)
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To: frankenMonkey

Awesome!

Saw one of those last night. Good to see the whole story and the rest of the phots!

Prompted me to watch “It’s a Beautiful Life” last night on Netflix. That Italian Halocaust film with the little boy who was told they were in a contest to win a tank.


11 posted on 01/20/2013 12:58:45 PM PST by Dogbert41 (.)
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To: frankenMonkey

bttt


12 posted on 01/20/2013 1:09:34 PM PST by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: frankenMonkey
Thanks for posting - that was a great read!

Here's an interesting one I came across a while back that also has lots of related links.

The Dachau Death Train

13 posted on 01/20/2013 3:25:06 PM PST by Slump Tester (What if I'm pregnant Teddy? Errr-ahh -Calm down Mary Jo, we'll cross that bridge when we come to it)
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To: Dogbert41
“It’s a Beautiful Life”

Truly one of the best, most poignant movies I have EVER seen! The father of that little boy was brilliant, and if I'm not mistaken, won an Oscar for that role.

14 posted on 01/20/2013 7:49:26 PM PST by SuziQ
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks frankenMonkey.


15 posted on 01/21/2013 8:54:25 AM PST by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: Dogbert41; SuziQ
Another good one to watch if you can find it is "The Brest Fortress".

It's all in russian and german with subtitles, but it's one of the best little known WWII movies I've seen for awhile.

16 posted on 01/22/2013 9:59:49 AM PST by Slump Tester (What if I'm pregnant Teddy? Errr-ahh -Calm down Mary Jo, we'll cross that bridge when we come to it)
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To: Slump Tester

Thanks! I’ll check it out!


17 posted on 01/22/2013 10:24:56 AM PST by Dogbert41
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To: Slump Tester

Oh, I did see it. Yes it was very good. Katyn is another really good movie, only this one tells a different story to the Soviet invasion of Poland.


18 posted on 01/22/2013 10:36:40 AM PST by Dogbert41
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To: Dogbert41
Thanks for mentioning "It's a Beautiful Life".

I'd never even heard of it before. Just watched it. I thought the father would solve that kraut doctor's last riddle though. (Maybe he did and I missed it?

Am hoping to find Katyn soon as well.

19 posted on 01/22/2013 9:19:33 PM PST by Slump Tester (What if I'm pregnant Teddy? Errr-ahh -Calm down Mary Jo, we'll cross that bridge when we come to it)
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To: Slump Tester

Thinking about it, it looked to me like he realized the Nazi doctor was completely insane.


20 posted on 01/23/2013 9:55:09 AM PST by Dogbert41
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To: frankenMonkey
They had been guarded by a large force of SS troopers, most of whom had disappeared in the night.

At the end of the war, the SS moved around prisoners to get out of going to the front -- they claimed that they were too busy "guarding" prisoners to be sent into combat. The SS typically either ran off and left the prisoners alone, or handed them over to a unit of elderly Volksstrum, right before the allied troops arrived.

21 posted on 01/23/2013 10:06:52 AM PST by Pilsner
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To: Slump Tester

Never heard of that one, and I’m certainly not averse to subtitles. Two of my favorite films, “Babette’s Feast” and “Das Boot”, have subtitles. GREAT movies! I’ll look for the movie on Netflix.


22 posted on 01/23/2013 3:29:24 PM PST by SuziQ
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To: Mears

bfl


23 posted on 01/23/2013 3:33:21 PM PST by Mears
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