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October 22, 2017

What is the truth about Bergen-Belsen?

Filed under: Uncategorized — furtherglory @ 2:48 pm

When I was a little girl, I enjoyed going to the movies twice a week — on Wednesday and Saturday. There would be two new movies each week. Before the movie, there would always be a news feature.

I remember the newsreel which showed a British soldier shoving the bodies of Jews with a bull dozer as shown in the photo below.

British soldier shoves bodies of dead Jews at Bergen-Belsen with a bulldozer

Of course, the movie audience was not told that these were the bodies of prisoners who had died of disease. We were led to believe that these prisoners had been killed in gas chambers and their bodies had been thrown out on the parade ground to rot.

You can read the full story of Ber-Belsen on my website at http://www.scrapbookpages.com/BergenBelsen/Introduction.html

 

4 Comments »

  1. NEGOTIATED TRANSFER

    Disease was kept under control by routinely disinfecting all new arrivals. But in early February 1945 a large transport of Hungarian Jews was admitted while the disinfection facility was out of order. As a result, typhus broke out and quickly spread beyond control.

    Commandant Josef Kramer quarantined the camp in an effort to save lives, but SS camp administration headquarters in Berlin insisted that Belsen be kept open to receive still more Jewish evacuees arriving from the East. The death rate soon rose to 400 a day.

    The worst killer was typhus, but typhoid fever and dysentery also claimed many lives. Aggravating the situation was a policy during the final months of transferring already sick inmates from other camps to Belsen, which was then officially designated a sick or convalescence camp (Krankenlager). The sick women of Auschwitz, for example, were transferred to Belsen in three groups in November-December 1944.

    When SS chief Heinrich Himmler learned of the typhus outbreak at Bergen-Belsen, he immediately issued an order to all appropriate officials requiring that “all medical means necessary to combat the epidemic should be employed … There can be no question of skimping either with doctors or medical supplies.” However, the general breakdown of order that prevailed on Germany by this time made it impossible to implement the command.

    As British forces approached Bergen-Belsen, German authorities sought to turn over the camp to the British so that it would not become a combat zone. After some negotiation, it was peacefully transferred, with a n agreement that “both British and German troops will make every effort to avoid fighting in the area.”

    Sources:

    Der Ort des Terrors Vol.7

    Konzentrationslager Bergen-Belsen

    Translated from Gernan – for further reaading see:https://www.blogger.com/blogger.g?blogID=2064549095184778250#editor/target=post;postID=5920345646332309241;onPublishedMenu=allposts;onClosedMenu=allposts;postNum=9;src=postname

    Comment by Herbert Stolpmann — October 23, 2017 @ 6:29 pm

  2. From 1 death a day to 600 in just 4 months…


    https://postimg.org/image/d9rh0wjln/

    Furtherglory wrote: “Of course, the movie audience was not told that these were the bodies of prisoners who had died of disease. We were led to believe that these prisoners had been killed in gas chambers and their bodies had been thrown out on the parade ground to rot.”

    Probably the reason why some survivors and other storytellers talked about gas chambers in that camp. As good showmen, they were eager not to disappoint their audience…

    Comment by hermie — October 22, 2017 @ 3:49 pm

    • Edit: read “From 12 dead a day” instead of “From 1 death a day.”

      Comment by hermie — October 22, 2017 @ 3:53 pm

  3. Ad lets not forget these bodies were causalities most likely when the British ran the camp.
    The German commandant was hung, being accused and so called responsible for the deaths of people when he ran the camp but the British commander got off scott free as they say when he took over and had thousands die at is command.

    JR

    Comment by Jim Rizoli — October 22, 2017 @ 2:57 pm


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