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Booklet on the liberation of Bergen Belsen concentration camp

Publication | Accession Number: 2004.326.1

Booklet, Story of Belsen, that documents the liberation and post-liberation experiences of the Bergen Belsen concentration camp and the British Royal Army, published in English in 1945. The book was owned by Major Philip Sharp. Sharp was one of four British soldiers detailed to enter Bergen Belsen on April 15, 1945. Their first task was to arrest the commandant, Kramer. Sharp was tasked with counting the number of dead and arranging the daily burials of nearly 10,000 inmates. The men doing this post-liberation work were picked because they had been immunized against typhus which continued to kill 300 inmates daily. After organizing the daily burials, Sharp assisted in the maternity ward. He was stationed at Belsen for five weeks, His final duty was to order the destruction of the camp and the burning of the barracks.

Title
The Story of Belsen
Date
1945  (publication/distribution)
Geography
publication : Hannover (Germany)
Language
English
Object Type
Pamphlets (lcsh)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Robert and Ann Tinder
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Record last modified: 2018-01-08 09:07:40
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