More than 4,000 slave laborers were burnt alive in their living quarters or were shot as they attempted to escape from the flames in Schwabmunchen, southwest of Munich, another Nazi horror camp uncovered by troops of the Seventh U.S. Army. The camp was discovered as the 12th Armored Division forged its way toward the Austrian border.
As spearheads threatened the camp, the German guards found they could not get the prisoners away before the arrival of the advancing Americans. Rather than allow the internees to be liberated, the guards set fire to the crude huts in which the prisoners slept, burning them to death or shooting any who tried to escape.
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