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Belsen after Belsen 03-11-2008
Historian Rainer Schulz tells the story of the former prisoners who had to remain in Belsen after the concentration camp was liberated by the British in April 1945.
For the next five years, a temporary community was contructed there: people who had lost everything married again, started new families and many dreamed of starting a new life in Israel. Emerging from the shadows of its ghastly origins, Belsen became an unlikely centre of Jewish regeneration, resistance and hope for its survivors.
From The Radio Times
Most of us are aware of the horrors of Belsen Nazi concentration camp but few of us know that thousands of survivors, with nowhere else to go, stayed on after 1945. It sounds bleak but for five years, the displaced persons' camp next door had its own theatre, newspapers and even its own police force." This is not a gloomy story;' says producer Mark Burman of the camp, which at its peak held 18,000. "It's about people getting on with life. For those Polish and Ukrainian Jews who made a home there, it was a symbol of hope". Interviewees include two people who were born there. Fascinating.
-- Gerry Kiernan
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Length : 00:27:55
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