British officer served with 22 Independent Parachute Coy, 6th Airborne Div in North West Europe, 1944-1945; present at liberation of Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, Germany, 4/1945
REEL 1 Recollections of operations as officer with 22 Independent Parachute Coy, 6th Airborne Div in North West Europe, 1944-1945: prior memories of training and comradeship; role of Independent Parachute Coy; purpose of reconnaissance; discovery of Bergen-Belsen Concentration Camp, 4/1945; state of inmates; reaction to discovery of camp; lack of councilling after leaving; lessons learnt from military service; selection for commission; comradeship and reaction to loss; jeep accident; return to civilian life; friendship with former German servicemen.
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.