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Benjamin (Benny) Edwards

My father Benjamin (Benny) Edwards was in the military police and was also sent into liberate Bergen Belsen.
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He very rarely talked about his experience there, it obviously effected him very deeply, however over a period of time he did share some of his memories and experiences of the horrific time he spent in Bergen Belsen. One of which was the arrest of the camp commandant Joseph Kramer (the beast of Belsen). There are images of this event which can be seen on many websites also in the archives of many newspapers entitled “The arrest of Joseph Kramer”.

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Some of the images show Joseph Kramer when he was arrested being taken by armed guards for interrogation. Kramer has leg-irons on as he is being taken across a courtyard in the camp to be questioned, to the left of Kramer is I think a MP corporal holding a pistol at the ready, behind and to the right of Kramer holding and pointing a rifle at Kramer is another MP. That MP was my father. A copy of the original photograph was given to my father from the weekly magazine Revellie many years ago, the original image I think is at the Imperial War Museum. I have managed to find other images of my father standing guard over Kramer on various websites.

Thank god Kramer was not shot and killed when arrested, but stood trial, was convicted and hung for his crimes. I would like to hear from anyone who might of known my father during the time of the liberation of Bergen Belsen or indeed knew him at anytime in his life.

Sadly in 1987 my father Benny died aged 65. I would like to hear from anyone who might of known my father during the war years or indeed anyone who just knew him.

Anthony Edwards

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This archive has been established after my own relative, Reg Price, took part in the liberation and subsequent humanitarian effort of Bergen Belsen in April 1945. Reg produced this famous sign at Belsen. As part of the 113th DLI, Reg and his comrades were at Belsen for 5 weeks and left when the last hut was empty and ceremonially burnt down. This archive compiles all available resources to build a lasting tribute to all the men and women who helped - any unit, any nationality. If you have a relative, or any info, on the relief effort at Belsen, we’d love you to please get in touch. Email us: liberator@belsen.co.ukThank you Nick Price CreativesFacebookTwitter