I first visited the concentration camp of Bergen-Belsen in 1952 during my National Service when it was still in its 'raw' state. Just row upon row of mass graves signed with simple wooden boards - e.g. 'Here lie buried 5,000 bodies' - so many of them. I was 18 at the time and the memory of that dreadful place has never left me. It is my sincere hope that this semi-documentary is shown in all secondary schools so that their pupils will know the truth about Nazi atrocities during World War 2, Greatly recommended. ROBERT WORLEY.
The scenes in this film are quite harrowing, and can be upsetting so be prepared. The film, was more like a documentary to a certain degree, and yet it was not, this probably sounds stupid, but if you watch the film you will understand what I mean. Lots of information on what was discovered when the forces discovered the death camp. It certainly brings home just what the Nazis were up to. One cannot believe that human beings were capable of such horrendous cruelty. If there is a such a place as hell those death camps were it.. and this film is proof of it.
An intersting movie about the last few days of the war and the first few days of the liberation of Belsen and the horrific scenes the British Army found there. The film used real footage from the time, which was extremely confronting, but that was the point. Overall, it focussed a little too much on the relationships between the British Doctors and Red Cross staff, and too little on the inmates who were being treated for my liking, but it was well worth seeing.