Bergen-Belsen Exchange Camp
and Concentration Camp
"The fact is that all
these were once clean-living and sane and certainly not the type
to do harm to the Nazis. They are Jews and are dying now at the
rate of three hundred a day. They must die and nothing can save
them - their end is inescapable, they are too far gone now to
be brought back to life. I saw their corpses lying near their
hovels, for they crawl or totter out into the sunlight to die.
I watched them make their last feeble journeys, and even as I
watched they died." Peter Coombs, British soldier, May 4,
1945 letter to his wife after liberation of Bergen-Belsen.
Dying man struggles
to survive at Bergen-Belsen camp