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Newsgroups: alt.revisionism
Subject: Holocaust Almanac: The Beast of Belsen
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Organization: The Nizkor Project, Vancouver Island, CANADA
Keywords: Belsen,Hanover,Kramer

Archive/File: pub/camps/bergen-belsen belsen.01
Last-Modified: 1993/11/02

"Bergen Belsen was established near Hanover, in central Germany, in July
1943, at first to confine prisoners of war shipped there during the zenith
of the Nazi conquests. By 1945 it was termed a "convalescent center," and
thousands of prisoners who had become too weak to work were shipped there,
to die off slowly by starvation and typhoid. In the one month of March,
more than 18,000 succumbed. By the next month, with the Germans in steady
retreat everywhere, it had become necessary to vacate other camps before
they were engulfed by the British. Deportees from abandoned camps kept
flooding into Belsen. The commandant, Josef Kramer, whose incumbency had
earned him the sobriquet `the Beast of Belsen,' reacted impassively to the
comings and goings of the starvelings. His announced policy was simple:
`The more dead Jews you bring me, the better I like it.' His prescription
for the uncontrollable epidemic of diarrhea was starvation. `If you don't
eat, you don't shit.' When railroad cars and convoys were unavailable, he
dispatched the prisoners on long marches. The weakest, unable to keep
going, were left to die or were shot; the roads were littered with those
who had succumbed."

Extracted from--------------------------------------------------- 
"THE REDEMPTION OF THE UNWANTED", Abram L.  Sachar (New York: St.
Martin's/Marek, 1983.

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