Bergen-Belsen Museum

Photos of the survivors of the camp were displayed in the old Museum when I visited the Memorial Site in 2002. On October 28, 2007, a new museum, devoted to the survivors, opened at Bergen-Belsen. The photo above, taken at the old museum, shows a sick woman who is in the Typhoid barracks. According to information at the old Museum, there were 50,000 deaths of prisoners at Bergen-Belsen and between 30,000 and 50,000 additional deaths of Allied prisoners of war.

Photo of Bergen-Belsen survivors in April, 1945. In spite of the heroic efforts of the British, 13,000 prisoners died after the liberation of the camp.

When the British Army arrived at Bergen-Belsen on 15 April 1945, there were 10,000 unburied bodies scattered around the concentration camp because 35,000 prisoners had died of typhus in the previous two month. The water pump had been bombed by the Allies and drinking water was being brought in by truck. There were 60,000 prisoners in the camp when the British took over, including 30,000 who had arrived on 8 April 1945.

The old Museum displayed a few photos from other Nazi concentration camps, including this shot which shows young chubby-cheeked survivors of the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp taken after the camp was liberated by the Russian Army on 27 January 1945.