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09 November 2007


A resurrection - preview

Sixty-two years on, John Lampen finds that we still have lessons to learn from the descent into hell that was Belsen

The Channel 4 film of The relief of Belsen on 15 October was almost unbearable to watch
  • I can understand the view that we already know enough about the Nazi years and it is time to stop raking them over
  • But if it is to be done, I cannot imagine a better treatment than this respectful and unsensational drama/documentary, including a lot of film shot in 1945

  • The story was told through the reports of members of the army hospital units who arrived without any idea of what they were to meet, and it showed their double shock at the physical horrors of the camp (the smell alone was intolerable) and their growing realisation of the evil with which they were still at war

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