Bergen-Belsen 1945 : A Medical Student's Diary by Michael John Hargrave

By Michael John Hargrave

Among 1941 and 1945 virtually 70,000 inmates died on the Bergen-Belsen focus camp in northwestern Germany. nearly 1/2 those deaths have been brought on by ailment, regularly typhus, within the first few months of 1945, presently sooner than and after the liberation.

It used to be at present, in April of 1945, that Michael Hargrave responded an commercial on the Westminster health center clinical institution for volunteers . at the day of his departure the 21-year-old realized that he used to be being despatched to Bergen-Belsen, liberated just a couple of weeks earlier than.

This firsthand account, a diary written for his mom, information Michael's month-long event on the camp. He compassionately relates the horrendous dwelling stipulations suffered through the prisoners, describing the ailment and disorder he encountered and his determined, usually fruitless, fight to save lots of as many lives as attainable. Amidst immeasurable horrors, his descriptions of the banalities of lifestyle and diagrams of the camp's format tackle a brand new poignancy, whereas anatomic line drawings element the health conditions and his efforts to regard them. unique newspaper cuttings and pictures of the camp, many formerly unpublished, upload yet another layer of texture to the endeavors of an green clinical scholar confronted with severe human suffering.

Readership: doctors, clinical scholars, historical past scholars, basic public.

  • A firsthand account of the stipulations within the Bergen-Belsen focus camp after liberation in April 1945 from the perspective of a clinical pupil volunteer
  • A variety of newspaper cuttings overlaying the interval, amassed through Michael Hargrave, are integrated, in addition to pictures and line drawings of the camp and its conditions
  • Sales of the booklet will financially help charities: Amnesty foreign and Polio Plus

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Indd 27 8/28/2013 8:44:30 AM b1641 Bergen-Belsen 1945: A Medical Student’s Journal b1641_Diary 12 Aug 2013 5:13 PM lunoh inoluding their ages. Then I had a look round the Hut, it was ,composed of 1 single large room with people, lying, sitting and standing all round the walls and also in the centre of the Hut, most of the people who were very siok, were lying opposite the door and al ong the right wall of the hut. They were lying in roughly three rows, but they were all packed together head to foot so that there was absolutely no room whatsoever in between the rows.

I I - - Our job was to see that the food was fairly distributed inside the huts and to give any medical attention Vie could to the inmates . Drugs in limited quantities could be obtained from Woodwark and Wells who had set up a dispensary on some li~erated German stocks of drugs . D. T. to the Camp Office where we would eaoh be allocated to a hut ~ . e all olambered onto the lorries which were going to take us to the Camp and -drove along an extremely bad road for about 1 mile until we came to Camp I.

Dust Spreads Typhus". indd 18 8/28/2013 8:43:33 AM b1641 Bergen-Belsen 1945: A Medical Student’s Journal b1641_Diary 12 Aug 2013 5:13 PM -17- We drove just inside the gates and then stopped. and joined a queue in order to' be D. Td. part of the Camp we could see. We then dismounted While waiting we looked around the We had not been told that this was the administrative area of the Camp and therefore clean and so' at our first sight of it the Camp did not look too bad. , e were then sprayed and walked along the main road through the Camp until we came to the Camp Office.

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