Bergen-Belsen concentration camp

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Bergen-Belson was a Nazi concentration camp. An estimated 50,000 people died in there and there were a further 50,000 prisoners of war (WAPs) from Russia. Many people died of typhus. The camp was liberated (freed) on April 15, 1945. There were 60,000 people found inside, and 13,000 more people were lying on the ground, unburied. The scenes were horrific. It was described by the BBC's Richard Dimbleby, who accompanied the British troops:

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.

—Richard Dimbleby