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Oral history interview with Laurence Wand

Oral History | Accession Number: 1995.A.1285.35 | RG Number: RG-50.149.0035

Laurence Geoffrey Rowland Wand describes being a medical student treating inmates at Bergen-Belsen Concentration Camp in 1945; the selection procedure for physician volunteers and their preparations; his awareness of concentration camps; the journey from Britain to the camp; their accommodations in former SS barracks; conditions in the camp; the anti-lice measures; the personnel coordinating project; the camp huts; his reaction to the stench in the camp; the condition of the inmates; the work of Hungarian POWs; the disposal of dead bodies; the clearing out of huts; the layout of the camp; rumors that the Communist inmates worked in kitchens; the operation of human laundry; the conditions of inmates; the difficulty in obtaining medical supplies and equipment; the effect of British troops giving inmates their rations; the failure of Bengal famine mixture; prevalent diseases; the psychological condition of inmates; the death rate; the reaction of inmates to the end of the war; the lack of concern for personal safety; evacuating inmates; the burning of huts; his memories of two specific deaths; communicating with inmates; receiving information about the camp from inmates; the question of cannibalism among inmates; the creation of a children’s hut before the liberation of the camp; the nationalities of the inmates; the disposal of the dead bodies; the origins of the camp; seeing piles of shoes; and a description of the crematorium.

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Wand, Laurence
interview:  1985 September 26
3 sound cassettes (90 min.).
Record last modified: 2022-07-28 20:09:49
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