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Oral history interview with Leslie Wickens

Oral History | Accession Number: 1999.A.0122.1796 | RG Number: RG-50.477.1796

Leslie Wickens, born in 1920 in England, discusses his experiences as a private in the British Army at Bergen-Belsen after liberation; the emotional impact and reaction of British soldiers to the camp; the stories he heard from survivors; the emotional bond between the survivors and the liberating forces; the transfer of many prisoners to Sweden; the conditions immediately after liberation when survivors were trying to learn the fate of their families; a hunger strike that some prisoners participated in because of the British policy toward immigration to Palestine; the underground efforts in the camp to send survivors to Palestine; his thoughts on propaganda; immigrating with his wife to the United States in 1948; and how his experiences affected his views of Germans.


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Interviewee
Leslie Wickens
Date
interview:  1980
Language
English
Extent
1 sound recording : WAV.
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Jewish Family and Children's Services of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties
 
Record last modified: 2021-03-17 10:14:42
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