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A Second ‘Naked Man in Buchenwald Barracks’ Forgery

Friday, December 28th, 2012

By Carolyn Yeager

Here we see a very bizarre scene of clothed men being photographed lying in bunks, while a naked man sits on a bench in front of them. They are not looking at him and he seems unaware of them. And why not? This is clearly a composite photograph made up of two unrelated scenes.

The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM) titles this photo #78713 “Survivors lie on wooden bunks that are four tiers high in a barracks in the Buchenwald concentration camp.”

No mention of the naked man. This is truly fitting of the expression “the elephant in the living room” wherein everyone pretends not to notice something they can’t or don’t want to try to explain.

The description by the USHMM  goes on to say:

The original caption reads, “This photo shows the conditions and the amount of sleeping space for the prisoners at Buchenwald concentration camp. They range from young kids to old men, all doing the same amount of work each day.”

According to the Signal Corps caption, the photo was taken on April 23, 1945.

Yet the official date given for this photo on the USHMM Online Archive page is:  Wednesday, April 11, 1945 – Monday, April 23, 1945; the photographer Donald R. Ornitz; courtesy of Mary Dickinson.

April 11 was “Liberation Day” and they always want to give the impression that all the pictures were taken on that day — that everything seen is unrehearsed and just as the liberating army found it. Yet this photo was “set up” 12 days after liberation. Another point:  Where are the “old men,” and where are the “young kids” in this photo? They all look to be in their late teens and 20’s up to their 30’s at the most.  No old men, no young kids. What were these ex-‘prisoners’ doing during those 12 days; where were they living? How were they being treated? Well, they were being asked to participate in the creation of the post-war propaganda ordered by Eisenhower, and that is what they did. Were they paid? What were they promised? Did they just hang around in the barracks as usual?

The naked man and his strange shadow

The men in the bunks are not sick or emaciated – they appear healthy and alert – so the military intelligence division responsible for creating photographic propaganda decided to add a sick man to the photo in order to support the message they were charged to send to the world of sub-human conditions at Buchenwald. It’s not hard to see how they did it — the two men on the bench were super-imposed on the other picture. The top edge of the bench is lined up with the bottom slat of the bunk, giving the impression that the bench is some feet away from the bunk. [I’ve copied the photo again for ease of seeing it while reading.]

So far so good. But once again, the shadows present a problem. Notice that there is a dark shadow behind every man in the bunk cast on the wall behind him, due to the bright flash of the camera and maybe even a spotlight shining on them. The naked man also has a similar black shadow around his head and along his right side although there is only empty space behind him. There is no wall, so what is the shadow being made on? Notice there is no shadow created by his legs. This shadow seems to me to be totally impossible. We don’t see a shadow made “in the air” behind the standing naked man in the Famous Buchenwald Lie-beration photo discussed in the previous posts. But here we do.

One can only explain these two men’s presence in the picture by assuming they were photographed in a hospital or clinic setting where they were being examined or treated; perhaps the man on the right was asked to be photographed nude to make a record of a “mistreated, starved victim of the Nazis,” while he was in reality a victim of disease. His demeanor is one of both defenselessness and humiliation, just perfect as propaganda.

Update! January 7, 2013

Another consideration, brought to mind by Tom’s critical comment, is that the naked man appears to be photographed from slightly above, because we are looking down on his legs and he has no visible neck. But we’re viewing the men in the bunk from a lower position, with the camera flash lighting up the two upper rows. Studying it enlarged 400% on Internet Explorer, there definitely appear to be two camera angles. In addition, the shadow made by his left foot is not convincing; why isn’t it flat on the floor? The black area to the right of his right foot is the leg of the bench.

Might as well repeat here, as I wrote in my reply to Tom in the “Comments”:  The shoulders and upper arms of this seated man (and his ear!) are very white, while the rest of his body including his face have a light greyed tone. The difference runs from his neck to his armpit, exactly the same on both sides. It cannot be possible that he wore clothing outdoors that only covered his shoulders and upper arms, leaving the rest exposed! No, the most likely answer is that the arm and shoulder areas have been painted in … for whatever reason. Plus, where is this man’s navel? He doesn’t have one.

The other seated man on the bench looks larger in size, especially noticeable is the head and the hands. I see some signs of  retouching on him — the dark line behind his raised knee and the wrinkle lines on the sleeve covering his left arm. Neither look natural.

A mislabeled photo – turning Germans into Jews

The picture of four men, below right,  is in the Museum’s Buchenwald photo archives labeled as “Group Portrait of Four Jewish Youth at liberation in Buchenwald,” photo #27289. It’s dated Wednesday, April 11, 1945 (Liberation Day!),  courtesy of Morris Rosen; no photographer listed. It adds this information:  “Nucher, (the donor’s friend) is pictured in the lower left. Pictured in the center is Jacob Rosenthal from Satu-Mare.”

Consider the extent of the irresponsible misinformation on the USHMM website when you learn that these are German men after being interned at the notorious Bad Nenndorf  secret prison set up in Germany by the British during their occupation of north-west Germany in 1945. I used this photo in the post for my Oct. 29 radio program The Heretics Hour. The treatment of the prisoners in this camp by the British was far worse than anything experienced by those at Buchenwald.  Below are more pictures of  documented Bad Nenndorf victims. All suffered from actual, unnecessary starvation.



More needs to be done to expose all the photographic “evidence” in the USHMM archives that are forgeries or are mislabeled. There is obviously no vetting or double-checking of what is turned in by Jewish contributors; it’s accepted and catalogued “as is,” just like at Yad Vashem in Israel. We must realize that there is very little about the “Holocaust” that is not fraudulent, either by design or through negligence. The USHMM is a totally Zionist operation and thus is a propaganda mill, not an institution pursuing historic accuracy.

Tutorial on Cast Shadows

In case some readers have trouble understanding shadows and why the shadow “drawn” around the head and body of the seated man (or he was originally seated in front of a wall) are a give-away for forgery, I am presenting two images here that should explain it.

Notice that the shadow cast by this boy (right)  sitting in open space is not around his body but on the ground.  Shadows cannot be seen “in the air” but only on a surface.


Likewise the statue at left is a short distance away from a wall. But notice that the shadow follows the floor before it reaches the wall, making the shadow on the wall quite a bit shorter than the object itself.

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