1 WCIT entry pass to Belsen camp
Lieutenant Colonel Leo Genn's 1 WCIT entry pass to Belsen camp.
Imperial War Museum
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Hanns and other British troops arrived at Belsen shortly after the war’s end. The scenes that greeted them were hellish. Corpses lay piled on top of one another, and the living prisoners were so thin that their ribs poked through their skin. There was no water, no food, inadequate medical supplies and little shelter. Painted signs warning of typhus epidemics were posted around the camp. A note at the bottom of this entry visa, from the end of May, clearly indicates the appalling conditions at the camp: ‘No person will enter any of above unless fully protected by Typhus Inoculation and dusted with AL powder prior to entry.’
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