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November 14, 2015

Bergen-Belsen death camp

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — Tags: , , , — furtherglory @ 12:34 pm

I have just read, in this news article, that Bergen-Belsen was a death camp.  Who knew?

Famous photo of a dying man who survived Bergen-Belsen

Famous photo of a dying man who survived Bergen-Belsen

This quote is from the news article:

Frieda Jaffe and Julius Maslovat are separated by more than 3,400 miles, but they share a common history of a childhood marred by tragedy.

Both were very young children born in Piotrkow, Poland, who survived the ghetto and the death camp of Bergen-Belsen during the Shoah, or Holocaust. Even so, they didn’t know one another.

I have a section on my scrapbookpages.com website about Bergen-Belsen which you can read at http://www.scrapbookpages.com/BergenBelsen/ConcentrationCamp.html

The photo below, from Wikipedia, shows the location of the “death camps.”

Holocaust "death camps"

Holocaust “death camps” (click to enlarge)

8 Comments »

  1. We have to distinguish between the x6 Death Camps established in Poland. Auschwitz/BirkenauBelzec, Chelmno, Majdanek, Sobibor and Treblinka. That does not mean that all other Camps under Hitler did not deliver Death and Destruction to the Jews who entered them or Poles or whoever else Hitler took a disliking to!

    Comment by Patrick Dempsey — November 25, 2015 @ 2:27 am

  2. Famous photo of a dying man who survived Bergen-Belsen

    A heartbreaking foto — deservedly well known. When I see it, I ask myself: What did this poor man do to deserve such a horrible fate? For those with the stomach for it, this page has many more fotos showing what the British found when they liberated B-B.

    From what I have read, the courts established by the British to try Germans after the war were some of the most unfair of all — in some cases, the proceedings and verdicts legally reprehensible. But when you see fotos of what they found at B-B, you can understand why the British were so enraged, and determined to hold Germans accountable.

    Comment by eah — November 15, 2015 @ 12:30 pm

    • I wrote an account of my visit to Bergen-Belsen in 2002: http://www.scrapbookpages.com/BergenBelsen/TripNotes.html

      It has been 13 years since my visit there, and things may have changed.

      Comment by furtherglory — November 15, 2015 @ 1:22 pm

    • You wrote: “the British were so enraged..” Bergen-Belsen was set up as an EXCHANGE CAMP but the Allies did not offer to exchange very many prisoners. America had German citizens in camps, but did not offer to exchange them for prisoners of Bergen-Belsen.

      Comment by furtherglory — November 16, 2015 @ 5:30 am

  3. Labeling Bergen Belsen as a death camp opens up new possibilities. The poor 92 yr old telephone operator at Auschwitz is only be lined up for trial because in 2011 the law was reinterpreted in Germany. Anyone who worked at alleged ” death camps ” ie Auschwitz, Treblinka etc could from that date be given their own show trial ; unfortunately Dachau and Belsen were left out. The change in post war labels offers new opportunities.

    Comment by peter — November 15, 2015 @ 2:16 am


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