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December 30, 2011

Mass graves and Memorials at Bergen-Belsen

I recently received an e-mail from someone who was looking for graves of British soldiers near the Bergen-Belsen Memorial Site.  I do not know of any British cemetery in the vicinity of the former Belsen camp, but I would not be surprised if there are British soldiers buried nearby.  The Bergen-Belsen concentration camp was in the middle of a war zone when it was voluntarily turned over to the British on April 15, 1945 because of the fear that the typhus epidemic in the camp would spread to the troops fighting in the area.

Memorial stone at entrance to Bergen-Belsen Memorial Site

On 15 April 1946, a monument was erected in honor of the 30,000 Jews who were murdered by the Nazis at Bergen-Belsen.  (more…)