Direct Examination of Blaha

The first inmate of a concentration camp to be called was Dr. Franz Blaha. He had been interned in the Dachau Concentration Camp from April 1941 until the camp was liberated by the Americans in April 1945. Thomas Dodd had initially conducted the direct examination (which is on a separate clip). He was followed by M. Charles Dubost, Deputy Chief Prosecutorfor France. Blaha testified in German on French prisoners and on the so-called “Kommandantur-Arrest”, a bunker were the “prominent personalities” were situated including Schiuschnigg and Martin Niemoeller. Next follows cross-examinations by Funk’s attorney concerning his client and Rosenberg’s attorney concerning secrecy at the Camp. Finally Chief Judge Lawrence questioned them concerning the various entities that were at the Camp including the SS, SD and Gesatpo.

Produced by US Army Signal Corps 1945-1956, housed in National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). Digitized and provided by The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum; Steven Spielberg Film and Video Archive.