Loose copy prints, including some duplicates, of photographs taken by William R Potts, serving with 45th US Infantry Division, shortly after entering the Concentration Camp at Dachau, Germany, in May 1945. Images include, bodies of prisoners transported to Dachau by railway; more bodies of inmates in the camp mortuary and surrounding area, awaiting cremation; prisoners outside their huts by the camp security fence, and manoeuvring wagons on the camp roads; bodies of SS guards lying on the bank of the moat by a watchtower; the camp crematorium, prisoners' clothes hanging outside a camp building, and the statue of an SS guard near the railway line. Also, a t/s three-page essay written by William R Potts at the Biarritz American University three months after his visit to Dachau, describing his experiences there.
One of the most memorable elements of the Holocaust Exhibition is the video testimony by survivors which accompanies visitors along the route. But what happened to the survivors after the Second World War? How did they rebuild their lives in the years that followed their release from Nazi persecution?
As the Allies advanced across Europe at the end of the Second World War, they came across concentration camps filled with sick and starving prisoners. The first major camp to be liberated was Majdanek near Lublin, Poland in July 1944.