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"As the front rapidly approached the camp on the Ettersberg,
the Nazis made a last-ditch effort to cover up their
atrocities. The prisoners in the camp jail were murdered
during the night of April 10, and the surviving inmate
orderly as assigned to clean up the bloodstains. In the
execution room adjoining the crematorium, they removed the
meat hooks used for hanging bodies, cemented in the holes,
and covered up the blood-spattered walls with a fresh coat
of white paint. In their haste, however, they did not
completely finish the job of hiding the evidence: After
liberation, an American medical officer reported seeing four
hooks still in the wall and partially filled holes for forty
four more, as well as a bloodstainded club." (Hackett, David
A., translator and editor, "The Buchenwald Report," Oxford,
Westview Press, 1995. p. 4)

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