Belsen Concentration Camp

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  1. STAN50

    STAN50 Senior Member

    Liberated today in 1945.

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    'Lest we forget.'

    Stan.
     
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  2. Smudger Jnr

    Smudger Jnr Our Man in Berlin

    Absolutely.

    'Lest we forget.'

    Regards
    Tom
     
  3. sapper

    sapper WW2 Veteran WW2 Veteran

    Aye!
    Sapper
     
  4. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

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    Never seen that sign before - good stuff.
    Was it put up straight away - anybody know?
     
  5. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery Patron

  6. 51highland

    51highland Very Senior Member

    Hoping to get there first week of May.
     
  7. Lofty1

    Lofty1 Senior Member

    Lest We Forget.

    Thanks for posting Stan
     
  8. Verrieres

    Verrieres no longer a member

    Never seen that sign before - good stuff.
    Was it put up straight away - anybody know?


    The sign was erected on the 21st May 1945 heres a photograph shortly afterwards


    http://www.ww2talk.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=48832&d=1302873993



    In the Durham Archives there are some rarely seen photographs under the reference no
    D/DLI 7/404/43


    The Durham County records office currently have some of the Documents and testimonies displayed in a learning resource package rather than copy them here they can be viewed at the link below

    The Learning Zone - Surviving Belsen - Introduction

    Use the index on the left for more pages


    Best Wishes
    Jim
     

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  9. Smudger Jnr

    Smudger Jnr Our Man in Berlin

    I find the sign a little intriguing as it is in English apart from the last word KULTUR
    This is the German spelling for Culture but is also the Phonetic pronounciation in the English Language.

    Perhaps I am looking too deeply into it?

    Any other members thoughts?

    Regards
    Tom
     
  10. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    I find the sign a little intriguing as it is in English apart from the last word KULTUR
    This is the German spelling for Culture but is also the Phonetic pronounciation in the English Language.

    Perhaps I am looking too deeply into it?

    Any other members thoughts?



    When I see 'Kultur' it always reminds me of this WW1 US recruiting poster.
    See the ape's club.
     

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  11. John Lawson

    John Lawson Arte et Marte

    I served with the QOH and 32 Armd Engineer Regt in Bergen Hohne (right between the Village of Bergen and Belsen Camp). I used to take my children there, on walks during the summer, to have a look and show them what life is all about.

    On running, when I used to do that, around the camp, along the range road, I came across a large hump in the forest and standing over it was the most beautiful sculpture of Mother Russia, leaning slightly forward with her arms open wide to gather in all of her children who lay beneath her, several thousand I believe. How sad. How moving. How did it happen?
     
  12. 51highland

    51highland Very Senior Member

    Never seen that sign before - good stuff.
    Was it put up straight away - anybody know?

    Watching the film in the Museum (if thats the correct term for it ) there were 2 signs, One written in English and the other in German.

    Difficult to Imagine 5000 bodies in one place (attached Pic) then there are several of these burial pits, varying from 800 to 5000. Thats without the unknown souls whose only remains were ashes, and the Russian POW's etc.
     

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  13. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

    I find the sign a little intriguing as it is in English apart from the last word KULTUR
    This is the German spelling for Culture but is also the Phonetic pronounciation in the English Language.

    Perhaps I am looking too deeply into it?

    Any other members thoughts?

    It's mockery, Tom, pure & simple.
    Himmler, Goebbels, etc. all somewhat fond of that word as a wider concept, and the blokes putting the sign up are indicating that the above was the ultimate expression of 'Nazi Kultur'.
     
  14. Groundhugger

    Groundhugger Senior Member

    Visited the Camp in 1968ish when on exercise with '0' Bty 2nd field reg RA , during a break from the ranges , I was too young as a callow youth of 18 to take in the magnitude of what man can do to his fellow man ,
     
  15. Wills

    Wills Very Senior Member

    Commanding officer 2 Bn Scots Guards made time when on exercise 1976, we visited Belsen, our KK - Company Commander said if anyone questions why we need an army - this is a very good reason.
     
  16. Smudger Jnr

    Smudger Jnr Our Man in Berlin

    Commanding officer 2 Bn Scots Guards made time when on exercise 1976, we visited Belsen, our KK - Company Commander said if anyone questions why we need an army - this is a very good reason.

    Very well said that man.

    Regards
    Tom
     
  17. Wills

    Wills Very Senior Member

    Reconnaissance Corps -I note your interest - Have you looked at - '83rdinfdivdoc.org' - 83rd Recon Troop 83rd US Inf Div, action reports?
     
  18. Smudger Jnr

    Smudger Jnr Our Man in Berlin

    Wills,

    My interest lies from my late Father, who was in the 4th Reconnaissance Regiment of the British 4th Infantry Division.
    He served in Italy and Greece.

    Regards
    Tom
     
  19. stolpi

    stolpi Well-Known Member

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