"Here, in Bergen-Belsen, there was no need for gas chambers nor crematoriums, because people were falling like flies. They were dying of starvation and infectious diseases like typhus, TB and scabies. The corpses were piling up outside each blokhouse, and even inside."Ella Blumenthal
A map of the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in 1944. For more information and additional maps detailing key facts related to Bergen-Belsen, visit the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum media essay.
Richard Dimbleby was the first broadcaster to enter the camp and, overcome, broke down several times while making his report. The BBC initially refused to play the report, as they could not believe the scenes he had described, and it was only broadcast after Dimbleby threatened to resign.Continue
LIFE.com presents a series of photographs made at the camp by George Rodger. A few weeks after camp liberation, several of the photos shared in this gallery first appeared, showing readers the "e;barbarism that reaches the low point of human degradation."Continue
Dutch Holocaust survivor Hetty Verolme returns to the Nazi concentration camp of Bergen-Belsen where, as a 15 year old girl, she spoke to the BBC's Patrick Gordon Walker in April 1945.
Now 88 years old, Hetty tells Witness of the horrors of life in the camp and listens again to the interview she gave to the BBC just days after gaining her freedom.Continue