Accompanied by rare and unpublished photos with in-depth captions the book presents a unique visual account of one of the Nazi’s most infamous concentration camps. The imagery shows the SS’s murderous activities inside Belsen, and also reveal another disturbing side to them relaxing in their barracks or visiting their families and loved ones.
The book is an absorbing insight into how the SS played a key part in murdering, torturing and starving to death tens of thousands of inmates. During the latter part of the war as many as 500 a day were perishing from the long-term effects of starvation as well as the resultant diseases. There is a wealth of information on how the camp was run and all aspects of life inside the camp for the inmates are covered.
The final episode of Belsen is witnessed by British soldiers of the Second Army, who were completely unprepared for what they encountered when they arrived at the gates of the camp. Inside the camp they found some 10,000 unburied dead in addition to the mass graves already containing 40,000 more corpses.
This latest Images of War book captures the shocking story of those that ran Belsen, those that perished, and the troops that liberated the living from their hell.
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Ian Baxter is a much published author and photographic collector whose many books draw an increasing following. He is the author of many books in the Images of War Series, most recently Hitler's Headquarters and Himmler's Concentration Camp Guards, and the companion volume Waffen-SS on the Western Front 1940 - 1945. He lives near Chelmsford, Essex.
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