Guest Blogger (Day 3) - Grahame Soden ARPS

27 February 2014

Region: London

All images © Grahame Soden ARPS

Bergen- Belsen

Bergen-Belsen Concentration Camp is near the town of Celle, Lower Saxony, in North-West Germany. The complex started off as a military camp then, during WWII, was first used as a Prisoner of War Camp then as a Concentration Camp from April 1943. An estimated 50,000 inmates died there before it was liberated in April 1945 (do some mathematics!) when it housed around 53,000.

On my first visit in the 1970s it was unfinished as a memorial, and I think that there was, for a time, a desire to leave it that way and let nature cover the past.

It is much different now. The memorials are the same but there is now a “Still Room” where you can sit for a while, and a world-class museum & research centre that are reached through huge steel doors, reminiscent of prison gates …

There was a visitors’ book in the museum and the first entry on the open page read (in German) that “the toilets were very clean …..”

So Rest in Peace Anne Frank, your sister Margot, and the 50,000 souls who haunt Bergen- Belsen.

For more about Grahame and his current work, visit his website. - See more at: http://www.rps.org/regions-and-chapters/regions/london/blogs/2014/february/guest-blogger-day-1---grahame-soden-arps#sthash.3KRNzHpO.dpuf

 

For more about Grahame and his current work, visit his website.

For more about Grahame and his current work, visit his website. - See more at: http://www.rps.org/regions-and-chapters/regions/london/blogs/2014/february/guest-blogger-day-1---grahame-soden-arps#sthash.3KRNzHpO.dpuf