British NCO served as radiographer with 32 Casualty Clearing Station, Royal Army Medical Corps in GB and North West Europe, 1944-1945
REEL 1 Background in Hackney, 1920-1939: family; education. Recollections of period as civilian living in London, 1939-1942: reaction to declaration of Second World War, 9/1939; spirit among civilians sheltering in Underground Stations; attitude towards German Air Force; work with demolition squad and incident in Wood Street. Story of narrow escape from V1 in Antwerp, 1944. Period as radiographer with Royal Army Service Corps in GB, 1942-1944: reaction to being allocated to Royal Army Medical Corps; reasons why he was allocated to unit. Recollections of operations as radiographer with 32 Casualty Clearing Station, Royal Army Medical Corps in North West Europe, 1944-1945: arrival in Normandy, c9/6/1944; role of unit; X-ray work; question of treatment of German wounded; winter conditions at Gorle, 1944-1945; German Air Force attack on unit in Ardennes, 1/1/1945.
REEL 2 Continues: work looking after two hundred survivors of Bergen-Belsen Concentration Camp; rations supplied to survivors; precautions against catching typhus; infestation of lice on survivor; question of survivors will to survive; state of survivors in camp; sight of burial pits and mounds of shoes and watches; effect of aiding survivors in Bergen-Belsen. Memories of VE Day in Trafalgar Square, 5/1945. Post-war visit to Normandy.
One of the most memorable elements of the Holocaust Exhibition is the video testimony by survivors which accompanies visitors along the route. But what happened to the survivors after the Second World War? How did they rebuild their lives in the years that followed their release from Nazi persecution?
As the Allies advanced across Europe at the end of the Second World War, they came across concentration camps filled with sick and starving prisoners. The first major camp to be liberated was Majdanek near Lublin, Poland in July 1944.