Buchenwald 11: Aerial Photo .. but allies did not know the slave camp was in the woods!

Photograph from the National Archives, courtesy of USHMM Photo Archives.
An aerial photograph of Buchenwald concentration camp showing the destruction of the munitions factory and storage area of the camp by American bombers.  (August 24, 1944)

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  1. Bob Raymond #

    I do not understand why you tagged this blog with “SMS family” — what on earth does this have to do with your family?

  2. theaveeditor #


    It would help me answer this if you opened up and told me who you are? The SWare does not allow comments unless they come to me first to be approved. Somehow you are getting around this .. presumably through a hack.

    This makes me concerned that you may not be the person you say you are. Are you really an African American PhD living in WA state or are you an avatar of one opf my relatives trolling THE Ave?

  3. theaveeditor #


    If you read the rest of the SMS family tags, you must know of the ugly fight going on over my Dad’s heritage.

    The pictures obviously ought not to be part of that but they have become that because my brother has refused for five years to allow my Dad’s papers to be reviewed. Since I discovered the Buchenwald heritage, he has tried to block these important pictures from becoming available through a gift wither to a museum or a university .. instead insisting that I do a number of things that frankly have no relationship to what should be done.

    This has increased my own interest not just in Buchenwald but in stories of feuds among families, especially Jewish families, that have destroyed Jewish traditions and heritage.

    A special issue for me is the roles examined of German/Austrian physicians, especially psychiatrists and pediatricians. They were also the heirs of great Jewish physicians … Freud as well. What about Jews today? How much, or how little, would it take to pervert our Jewish ethics?

    Dis you know that a major school of psychiatry originated in the efforts of one Jewish inmate t find the drive to survive the camps? I read his book because a counselor thought it might help me to understand the hatefulness shown by my own brother.

    Whatever his problem, it would seem that it should be trumped by the 21,000 people survived the horror of Buchenwald. The youngest of these were children. Those children that still survive, include Elie Wiesel, Israel Lau, once the Chief Rabbi of Israel, and his older brother Naftalie Lavie, the former Israel Consul General to New York. My brother’s behavior is blocking these people from seeing the pictures.

    The oldest survivor of the camps, by the way is Leopold Engleitner, a Seventh Day Adventist who is now 108. I would like to know if he met Robert Schwartz.