Bergen-Belsen 1945:A Medical Student's Journal by Michael John Hargrave,David Bowen Hargrave

By Michael John Hargrave,David Bowen Hargrave

Between 1941 and 1945 as many as 70,000 inmates died on the Bergen-Belsen focus camp in northwestern Germany. the precise quantity just isn't recognized. loads of those deaths have been brought on by malnutrition and sickness, in most cases typhus, almost immediately earlier than and after liberation.

It was once at present, in April of 1945, that Michael Hargrave replied a become aware of on the Westminster health facility scientific institution for ‘volunteers’. at the day of his departure the 21-year-old realized that he was once being despatched to Bergen-Belsen, liberated in basic terms weeks before.

This firsthand account, a diary written for his mom, information Michael's month-long adventure on the camp. He compassionately relates the horrendous dwelling stipulations suffered by means of the prisoners, describing the disease and affliction he encountered and his determined, frequently fruitless, fight to avoid wasting as many lives as attainable. Amidst immeasurable horrors, his descriptions of the banalities of daily life and diagrams of the camp's format tackle a brand new poignancy, whereas anatomic line drawings element the health conditions and his efforts to regard them. unique newspaper cuttings and pictures of the camp, many formerly unpublished, upload one more layer of texture to the endeavors of an green scientific pupil confronted with severe human suffering.

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