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    My step father was one of the first into Belsen behind the army with Civilian Relief run by the Red Cross. There were 10000 unburied dead. His hair went grey overnight. We visited in 1967 when I was 12. What a powerful experience that was even all those years later and I guess still is today. He said when he was there was not bird to be seen or heard and on our visit it was still eerily quite. While I firmly believe in moving on and we live in different times, its an appropriate time to remember them. Tom

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    Lady was on telly this am, recounting her experiences in Belsen at age 21 when relief came from British army units, she married the soldier who met her in hospital during the relief efforts, this would make her 91 years of age now.
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    On BBC1 Breakfast this morning there was an elderly lady who is one of the last living survivors of Belsen, and had endured some 4 years in the death camps.

    She had nursed Anne Frank whilst in the camp and when the camp was liberated by the British forces she was swept off her feet by a Sargent in the British forces who she eventually married. They both revisited Belsen some years back, although her husband has now passed away they had been married for over 50 years.

    Truly a remarkable and courageous women.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sikamalc View Post
    On BBC1 Breakfast this morning there was an elderly lady who is one of the last living survivors of Belsen, and had endured some 4 years in the death camps.

    She had nursed Anne Frank whilst in the camp and when the camp was liberated by the British forces she was swept off her feet by a Sargent in the British forces who she eventually married. They both revisited Belsen some years back, although her husband has now passed away they had been married for over 50 years.

    Truly a remarkable and courageous women.
    Some things will always stay etched in our memories to remind us of what sort atrocities man is capable of - And to try to minimise the chance of these sort of appauling acts against humanity do not happen again!



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    I have walked around Belsen 3 times each time it changed my views of the people of the country I was living in and each time I had strange dreams after the visits,

    I an recall the last time I went the new museum at the entrance was just completed and to see even more pictures of the atrocities was just bad news, I can still recall one picture that has stayed with me ever since, there is a officer with his pistol just behind a Jewish persons head over a pre dug trench.".......that's not what got me it was the smile on his face,

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    Ps: if you ever get the chance to see it go, as you walk down the road to the front entrance you will suddenly notice the lack of animal activity and songs from birds, I have never seen any wild life of any kind on the grounds on my visits,
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    same here bob,been to Belsen and Dachau unbelievable what the "civilised "Germans were capable of.and thats why places like this should be a constant reminder to stop extremism whatever form it rears its ugly head in.the lie we didnt know what happened there must,ve been the most anger inducing B......t the squaddies had ever heard.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tozzybum View Post
    same here bob,been to Belsen and Dachau unbelievable what the "civilised "Germans were capable of.and thats why places like this should be a constant reminder to stop extremism whatever form it rears its ugly head in.the lie we didnt know what happened there must,ve been the most anger inducing B......t the squaddies had ever heard.
    +1 on that bud,

    Im not a gory person but I was and still am very interested in the whole thing, but as you say the fact will never be known and if you have a look on google earth you will see there are more burial plots around then you get to visit,

    And for me that means there more then 75.000 laid there... But we will never know,

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    I was apprenticed to a man who was a former tank commander who was one of the very first into Belsen -Bergen , he would only rarely speak of it , sometimes he would go into his office , lock the door and weep . He had dark days and never improved . One of his mates who was with him at the time told of camp guards going missing as they buried the thousands of bodies , at first I took it that they had escaped - he soon put me right . Harold couldn't bear to see the SS guards , fit and well , " helping " to bury the folks they had killed , murdered . Harold and others of a like mind took affirmative action . The look on his face when the black dog was on him is engrained in my memory 50 years on . How he functioned I will never know but he ran a successful business until his retirement.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tozzybum View Post
    same here bob,been to Belsen and Dachau unbelievable what the "civilised "Germans were capable of.and thats why places like this should be a constant reminder to stop extremism whatever form it rears its ugly head in.the lie we didnt know what happened there must,ve been the most anger inducing B......t the squaddies had ever heard.
    The Americans tackled that by insisting that, in order to get rations etc, the people who lived around the camp went through it.
    A film made of it showed them chatting away with each other as they went in.
    There was a marked difference in their demeanor when they came out.
    The men were also made to help with the bodies.
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    I was taken to visit Belsen fourty years ago when I was seventeen or so. The morning immediately after my first arrival there courtesy of the British Army.

    Either with the 5th Inniskiling Dragon Guards, or 21st Royal Signals Regiment. I forget which. They were garrisoned nearby..wish. Just so, in the words of the Sergeant that took us "So that you can see what these b******s are really like".

    And yes, dull, overcast, leaden sky. And no birds or birdsong. As others said.

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