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1945: Liberation and Rebuilding
 pg. 610 
When Dachau was liberated on April 29, 1945, an unknown number of American GIs lined 16 SS camp guards against a coalyard wall in the adjacent SS training camp and executed them. Additional executions took place at Dachau's railyard; a guard tower; and at Würm creek. In all, 37-39 personnel were dispatched that day. These actions were "unauthorized," and did not reflect U.S. Army policy toward captured SS.
Photo: National Archives/United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Photo Archive
A stark headline from the April 30, 1945, edition of the Chicago Herald, overlaid on an Allied photograph of a Dachau death train. To Americans, who had been told little about the Holocaust by their leaders, such scenes and headlines were nearly incomprehensible.
Photo: Philip Drell
As Soviet troops closed in on Berlin, Eva Braun returned to the city to stand at the side of her Führer. On April 29, in a simple civil ceremony in the bunker, they wed. Joseph Goebbels and Martin Bormann served as witnesses, and the ceremony was followed by a small celebration. The next day the newlyweds committed suicide, Eva by cyanide and Hitler probably by cyanide and gun.
Photo: AP/Wide World Photos
 April 25, 1945: American troops advancing from the west and Soviet troops advancing from the east meet at Torgau, Germany.
 April 25, 1945: French forces in southern Germany reach four sites of mass murder: Schömberg (1771 victims), Schörzingen (549), Spaichingen (111), and Tuttlingen (86).
 April 25, 1945: In the final evacuation of prisoners from Stutthof, Poland, 200 Jewish women are taken to a beach and shot. The remaining 4000 prisoners, 1500 Jews among them, are loaded on five barges and sent across the Baltic toward the German-Danish coast. More than 2000 drown or are shot by the Germans.
1945: Liberation and Rebuilding
 pg. 610 
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