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Concentration Camp Photographs:
Dachau Photographs Captured by
Gilbert R. Di Loreto


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Gilbert R. Di Loreto was born in 1918 in Detroit, Michigan, and was a member of the first medical team to enter the Dachau concentration camp after it's liberation on April 29th, 1945.  His father immigrated to the United States in 1902 at just 16 years old and achieved the American dream through hard work and perseverance, starting out as an apprentice stonecutter and eventually finding fulfilling work as a tool-and-die maker with the Ford Motor Company. 

Gilbert worked as a medical technologist prior to joining the war effort and held a degree in Public Health from the University of Michigan, which afforded him the skill set needed to take notes and properly analyze the conditions at Dachau. He arrived at Dachau in early May 1945 and documented the human atrocities that he witnessed.  The notes in the following images are hand written descriptions by Gilbert R. Di Loreto, written at the Dachau concentration camp.  Following the war he returned to Michigan where he practiced dentistry in the Detroit area for 40 years.  He never spoke about the war, even to his immediate family, and kept these photographs close to him throughout his entire life.  He suffered from constant joint and back pain and underwent multiple serious surgeries after returning home, a result of the war's toll on his five foot six inch, 135 pound frame. 

Gilbert R. Di Loreto died on April 2, 1998, due to complications from a knee replacement surgery performed 10 days prior.  He was 79 years old.  In 2015 his son David G. DiLoreto, DDS donated these photographs and artifacts to the Jewish Virtual Library and the USHMM.

** WARNING: These photos contain graphic images **

Gilbert R. Di Loreto

  1. Identification Cards
  2. Medical Cards
  3. Official Army Photograph
  4. Gilbert R. Di Loreto at the Colosseum in Rome around the time these photos were taken. 

Photos Taken by Gilbert R. DiLoreto at Dachau, May 1945

  1. A Pile of Victims of Dachau
  2. Handwritten Description of Photo #1
  3. A Closer View of a Pile of Victims
  4. Handwritten Description of Photo #2
  5. Entrance to a Gas Chamber
  6. Handwritten Description of Photo #3
  7. American Soldiers Viewing One of the Piles of Victims
  8. A Closer View of the Piles From Photo #7
  9. A Pile of Victims Inside the Building From the Background of Photo #7
  10. A Different View of the Pile of Victims Outside of the Building From Photo #7
  11. A Close-Up of A Different Pile of Victims, Including Young Girls
  12. Prisoners Forced to Drag Dead Bodies to the Ovens with Ice Tongs
  13. Prisoners Prepping a Body to be Placed on a Metal Slide and Put in an Oven
  14. The Metal Slide With a Body on it Being Hoisted Into an Oven
  15. A Body Being Shoved in an Oven
  16. Wagons Used to Carry Bodies to the Crematorium, Room Where Bodies Were Stored
  17. A Prisoner of the Camp Being Suspended in the Air, Hung by his Testicles
  18. Carts of Dead Bodies
  19. Handwritten Description of Photo #18
  20. A Mass of Dead Victims
  21. Handwritten Description of Photo #20
  22. Bodies Burning in the Crematory Ovens
  23. Handwritten Description of Photo #22
  24. An American Soldier From DiLoreto's Outfit Next to a Pile of Victims
  25. Handwritten Description of Photo #24
  26. Surviving Prisoners From Dachau Loading Dead Bodies Onto Carts to be Buried
  27. Handwritten Description of Photo #26
  28. Open Doors of the Crematory Ovens
  29. Handwritten Description of Photo #28
  30. A Massive Pile of Victims
  31. Handwritten Description of Photo #30
  32. Room for Storing Bodies Before They Were Burned in the Ovens
  33. Handwritten Description of Photo #32
  34. A Large Pile of Victims
  35. Handwritten Description of Photo #34
  36. A Pile of Victims, Carts Used to Transport Them to Mass Graves
  37. Handwritten Description of Photo #36
  38. American Soldiers Viewing the Piles of Dead in Front of a Storage Building
  39. Handwritten Description of Photo #38
  40. A Closer View of the Pile of Victims From Photo #38
  41. Handwritten Description of Photo #40
  42. A Pile of Victims Inside the Building From the Background of Photo #38
  43. Handwritten Description of Photo #42
  44. A Different View of the Pile of Victims Outside of the Building From Photo #38
  45. Handwritten Description of Photo #44
  46. A Close-Up of A Different Pile of Victims, Including Young Girls
  47. Handwritten Description of Photo #46
  48. Prisoners Forced to Drag Dead Bodies to the Ovens with Ice Tongs
  49. Handwritten Description of Photo #48
  50. Prisoners Prepping a Body to be Placed on a Metal Slide and Put in an Oven
  51. Handwritten Description of Photo #50
  52. The Metal Slide With a Body on it Being Hoisted Into an Oven
  53. Handwritten Description of Photo #52
  54. A Body Being Shoved in an Oven
  55. Handwritten Description of Photo #54

Allied Controlled Newspaper from May 5, 1945 About the Liberation of Dachau

  1. News Article

Letter Written by Czech Historian Slanislav Zámecník, Detailing the Horrible Medical Experiments the Prisoners Were Subjected to

  1. Letter

Sources: Personal collection of Gilbert R. Di Loreto, provided by his son David G. Di Loreto. 

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