Not surprisingly, his experiences never left him and after returning to England in September 1945, having contracted a disease at Belsen
that attacked his nervous system, he was hospitalised for five months.
Arrested in Jersey - the Channel Islands were the only part of Britain bodies graves by 'outside Harold occupied during the Second World War - the day before D-Day in 1944 for helping his sister harbour an escaped Russian prisoner of war, having a radio and for "non-co-operation" with German forces, he was interned in three camps before being the first prisoner liberated from Belsen
on April 16 1945.
Critique: A horrifying primary source of the Nazi Holocaust, and a harrowing true-life saga of the difficulties in reconstructing one's life after surviving the unthinkable, I Was a Boy in Belsen
is a welcome addition to Holocaust Studies collections.
Mark Celinscak's Distance from the Belsen
Heap offers the unique and haunting perspective of the language, metaphors, and narratives of many of those Canadian and British eyewitnesses -- virtually all of whom held the belief that "camp" meant a "work" facility for political prisoners, not a murderous hellhole of starvation, disease, and violence: "What was now present before their eyes was previously unthinkable a world men felt totally unprepared and unequipped to grasp," writes Celinscak.
had been a concentration camp where inmates died of starvation and disease.
Leonard gave evidence at the Belsen
War Crimes Trial in September 1945 against camp commandant Joseph Kramer - the Beast of Belsen
Mady Gerrard, a survivor of both Auschwitz and Belsen
, now living in Chepstow, at City Hall yesterday
She will be dedicating her talk to Lieutenant John Randall who liberated her as a young prisoner in Belsen
This commemorates 20,000 Russian prisoners killed at Belsen
(These were prisoners of war).
In an extract, Major Jump briefly describes her first thoughts of Belsen
, the camp where Anne Frank died: "Belsen
's less sordid side, as it's well known, the terrible No1 Camp generally known as the Horror Camp was destroyed by fire, but even then a strange, eerie atmosphere pervades the place.
The sections devoted to Belsen
and to the sufferings of soldiers in Japanese POW camps, once read, will not easily be forgotten.
At the end of the war, he took part in the liberation of Bergen Belsen
concentration camp in Germany.