A British Army bulldozer pushes bodies into a mass grave at Belsen on April 19th, 1945






~1945 – The Bergen-Belsen death camp was liberated by the British 11th Armoured Division. 60,000 prisoners were found inside, most of them seriously ill. Another 13,000 corpses lay around the camp unburied. The scenes that greeted British troops were described by the BBC's Richard Dimbleby, who accompanied them:

"...Here over an acre of ground lay dead and dying people. You could not see which was which... The living lay with their heads against the corpses and around them moved the awful, ghostly procession of emaciated, aimless people, with nothing to do and with no hope of life, unable to move out of your way, unable to look at the terrible sights around them ... Babies had been born here, tiny wizened things that could not live ... A mother, driven mad, screamed at a British sentry to give her milk for her child, and thrust the tiny mite into his arms, then ran off, crying terribly. He opened the bundle and found the baby had been dead for days. 
This day at Belsen was the most horrible of my life."


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