1945
Bergen Belsen
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Bergen Belsen

Category: 1945, Death, War

June 4, 1945 After a few inquiries, I hitched a ride to Bergen-Belsen on the back of a British lorry, which deposited me in front of the main entrance of the camp. I did not know what to expect. My last visits to death camps in Austria were horrible. Lice infected skeletons and unburied bodies. […]

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Jun 17, 20153
Orphans
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Crossing the Demarcation Zone

Category: 1945, War

June 4, 1945 In spite of liberally spreading cigarettes all day among the civilian and military populations, I could not find any trace of the children’s camp. My inquiries were in vain until I started looking for orphans, Waisen. I needed a place to sleep, but there were no hotels or sleeping facilities. People slept […]

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Jun 6, 20153
Assignment
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Assignment: Orphan Camp

Category: 1945, War

The search for the orphans was based on a rumor. The rumor spread, unconfirmed but troubling that the Russians had collected children of all ages and nationalities from prison camps and orphanages, and they were assembling them in a children’s camp somewhere in Germany. These children were to be taken into Russia because such an […]

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Jun 6, 20153