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Small Story: Liberation of Dachau

This Small Story submission is from Richard Beaugh.

It has a different tone from some of the other Small Stories I’ve shared. It’s a more serious tone, but you’ll see the Small Story concept still works.

  • It’s under two minutes.
  • It’s the simple story of a World War II soldier taking photos the day he helped liberate Dachau.
  • It uses documentary-style storytelling techniques such as interviews and B-roll (cutaway photos in this case).

I think Richard did a nice job with this which is why I’m sharing it with you here.

4 thoughts on “Small Story: Liberation of Dachau

  1. In the late 1950s, my Commanding Officer called me into his office one quiet afternoon and showed me a collection of contact prints of photos he had taken when his unit liberated one of the camps, confiding in me that he had violated regulations when he took them. It was the most appalling information that I had ever seen up to that point. HIs basic message, “Don’t ever let anyone tell you this did not happen!”

  2. “Those who fail to learn from history, are doomed to repeat it.”
    – Winston Churchill

    I could almost feel the sorrow this man felt while watching this short.

    That is great storytelling.

  3. This is wonderful. From a video viewpoint, he has taken and upped the game on the photo montage. That is not a complaint. Obviously with the material he had there was not another way. But using documentary style, giving it context he has made a perfect small story.

    But it is a wonderful small story.

    On a historical note, this needs to be made available to the various Holocaust Museums. I know the Dallas Holocaust Museum just broke ground on a new building.

  4. This is wonderful. From a video viewpoint, he has taken and upped the game on the photo montage. That is not a complaint. Obviously with the material he had there was not another way. But using documentary style, giving it context he has made a perfect small story.

    On a historical note, this needs to be made available to the various Holocaust Museums. I know the Dallas Holocaust Museum just broke ground on a new building.

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