Louis Asscher-Bergen Belsen victim

Bergen Belsen was liberated 75 years ago on April 15,1945. For many it was a true liberation but for others liberation came too late. Even for many of those who were liberated on that day it was still too late. They were either so ill or malnourished that they did not survive,  After liberation nearlyContinue reading “Louis Asscher-Bergen Belsen victim”

Eisenhower’s letter to George C. Marshall.

++++++++CONTAINS GRAPHIC IMAGES++++++++++ On April 4, 1945 Ohrdruf was the first concentration camp to be liberated by the US Army. Eight days later on April 12th, the camp was visited by Generals Dwight D. Eisenhower,  George S. Patton and Omar Bradley. They were shocked by what they witnessed there , After his visit Eisenhower sendContinue reading “Eisenhower’s letter to George C. Marshall.”

This building had once stabled 80 horses. There were 1,200 men in it, five to a bunk.

The title is a line from a report by Edward R. Murrow, a CBS radio news reporter.He  reported largely from Europe during World War II, and was the first reporter on scene following the liberation of the Buchenwald concentration camp The report was broadcast on  Sunday, April 15, 1945, in Studio B-4 of the BBC,Continue reading “This building had once stabled 80 horses. There were 1,200 men in it, five to a bunk.”

The Children of Castle Hoensbroek

I came across the above picture a few years ago and the information I got with it is that the children in the picture were orphans, staying with the nuns in Castle Hoensbroek, in Limburg .the south east of the Netherlands However all the children had been placed under guardianship. They originally came from aContinue reading “The Children of Castle Hoensbroek”

The Dachau Reprisals

++++contains some graphic images++++++++ After the liberation of Dachau on the 29th of April 1945 a number of SS guards were tortured and executed by US troops,without a trial. Many people refer to this as a war crime and technically it was, but the horrors these troops had witnessed was beyond imagination, The brutality wasContinue reading “The Dachau Reprisals”

Dachau

Dachau is a small picturesque town in in Upper Bavaria not too far away from Munich, but despite its pretty  and even fairy tale like appearance, it will be forever associated with death and destruction. The Dachau concentration camp was opened on March 22 1933. It was the first regular concentration camp established by the NaziContinue reading “Dachau”

Entertaining the Troops.

After months of fighting fierce battles this must have been the most adorable way ever how the US troops were entertained. Dutch children entertain U.S. soldiers. U.S. soldiers taken for a morning walk through the grounds of moated Hoensbroek Castle in Holland some of the 145 young Dutch children living there under the care ofContinue reading “Entertaining the Troops.”

Liberation of Geleen-Sept 18 1944-When no shot was fired.

On September 18,1944 my hometown Geleen was liberated. Geleen is a town in the south east of the Netherlands in the province of Limburg situated in the most narrow part of the Province in between Belgium and Germany. The liberation actually happened by chance. The Germans did hide behind several objects, ready to take onContinue reading “Liberation of Geleen-Sept 18 1944-When no shot was fired.”

When liberation came too late

For many the joy of being freed from the brutal Nazi regime was short lived. After the concentration camps were liberated the deaths didn’t stop straight away. British forces liberated concentration camps in northern Germany, including Neuengamme and Bergen-Belsen. They entered the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, near Celle, in mid-April 1945. Some 60,000 prisoners, most inContinue reading “When liberation came too late”

The liberation of Mauthausen Concentration camp

++++++CONTAINS GRAPHIC IMAGES+++++++++   The Mauthausen concentration camp was established shortly after the German annexation of Austria (1938). Prisoners in the camp were forced to perform labor in a nearby stone quarry and, later, to construct subterranean tunnels for rocket-assembly factories. US forces liberated the camp in May 1945. On 5 May 1945 the campContinue reading “The liberation of Mauthausen Concentration camp”