Media reports

The liberation of camps in spring 1945 was news around the world. It was covered in newsreels, newspapers, magazines and on the radio. Among the reporters to visit the recently liberated camps was the US journalist Edward R. Murrow, who broadcast a long account about Buchenwald on 15 April 1945.

116 – CBS radio broadcast about Buchenwald after liberation

We entered.[…] There surged around me an evil-smelling horde; men and boys reached out to touch me. They were in rags and the remnants of uniforms. Death had already marked many of them, but they were smiling with their eyes.[…]

In another part of the camp they showed me the children, hundreds of them. Some were only six. One rolled up his sleeve, showed me his number. It was tattooed on his arm – D6030 it was. The others showed me their numbers. They will carry them till they die. […]

​ For most of it I have no words

We went to the hospital; it was full. The doctor told me that 200 had died the day before. I asked the cause of death; he shrugged and said, “Tuberculosis, starvation, fatigue, and there are many, who have no desire to live. It is very difficult”.[…]

I pray you to believe what I have said about Buchenwald. I have reported what I saw and heard, but only part of it; for most of it I have no words.

Source: B. Chamberlin, M. Feldman (eds), The Liberation of the Nazi Concentration Camps (Washington, D.C., 1987), pp. 43–4