• 658 Air Observation Post Squadron

    Belsen (officially Bergen-Belsen) concentration camp was set up in 1940, located in modern Lower Saxony, Germany. Until 1943 the camp served exclusively as a Prisoner of War (POW) camp. In April 1943 the German Schutzstaffel (SS) took over a portion of Bergen-Belsen and converted it first into a civilian residence camp and, later, into a concentration camp. Whilst Bergen-Belsen contained no gas chambers, an estimated 50,000 people died of starvation, overwork, disease, brutality and medical experiments.  832 total views

  • Albert “Paddy” Sutton – RAF

    A photo album from an Irish second World War veteran who was present at the Liberation of Belsen concentration camp has been made public for the first time.  881 total views

  • Maj Benjamin George Barnett (63rd ATR)

    Major Ben Barnett, one of the first British officers to arrive at Belsen, wrote: “There are no words in the English language that can give a true impression of the ghastly horrors of this camp.”  339 total views

  • Vernon James Evans

    Liberation of the camp. Pass issued on 29 July 1945 (filed aside) and photo taken with freed inmates. Vernon in the middle of photo  518 total views