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Oral history interview with Leslie William Clarke

Oral History | Accession Number: 1995.A.1285.3 | RG Number: RG-50.149.0003

Leslie William Clarke describes being a medical student at Barts and volunteering to treat refugees in Europe; treating inmates of Bergen-Belsen in 1945; the arrangements to go to the camp; his prior knowledge of concentration camps; the journey to Bergen-Belsen; the accommodations in a former German Army camp; the meeting before entering the camp; the camp layout; the role of the British troops in the camp; the use of Hungarian troops; Hut 240; the state of the inmates; the lack of reaction from the inmates in May 1945; the reaction of German nurses to the conditions; types of food given to the inmates and the death rate; the confiscation of inmates' property by Germans; the issue of clothing to inmates; the nature of the crematorium; the unpopularity of block leaders; the story of Germans making inmates wait in the snow; the medical work they carried out; the state of camp sanitation; the weather conditions; his reaction to working in the camp; his daily routine; the mental conditions of inmates; the guards’ duties throwing corpses into mass graves; the ceremonial burning of the last hut; and visiting the devastated Brunswick (Braunschweig, Germany).

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Clarke, Leslie William
interview:  1986 January 06
3 sound cassettes (90 min.).
Record last modified: 2022-07-28 20:09:49
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