75 years since the liberation of Bergen-Belsen concentration camp

15 April 2020 marks 75 years since British troops arrived to liberate Bergen-Belsen Concentration Camp in Germany. Despite International ceremonies and events to mark the anniversary being cancelled due to the corona virus crisis, online commemorations are still taking place.

When British troops liberated Bergen-Belsen on 15 April, they found 53,000 prisoners, the majority of whom were emaciated and suffering from disease. As documented in Richard Dimbleby’s famous broadcast, thousands of dead bodies lay unburied on the ground. Another 13,000 died over the days following the liberation. Ultimately, more than 70,000 were murdered there.

A British soldier talks to a prisoner at Bergen-Belsen. © IWM BU 4002