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

By Michael John Hargrave

Among 1941 and 1945 nearly 70,000 inmates died on the Bergen-Belsen focus camp in northwestern Germany. nearly 1/2 those deaths have been brought on by ailment, more often than not typhus, within the first few months of 1945, presently ahead of and after the liberation.

It was once at the present, in April of 1945, that Michael Hargrave replied an commercial on the Westminster health center scientific 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 ahead of.

This firsthand account, a diary written for his mom, information Michael's month-long adventure on the camp. He compassionately relates the horrendous dwelling stipulations suffered by way of the prisoners, describing the illness and sickness he encountered and his determined, frequently fruitless, fight to avoid wasting as many lives as attainable. Amidst immeasurable horrors, his descriptions of the banalities of daily life 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 unique newspaper cuttings and pictures of the camp, many formerly unpublished, upload a different layer of texture to the endeavors of an green clinical scholar confronted with severe human suffering.

Readership: doctors, scientific 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 scholar volunteer
  • A variety of newspaper cuttings protecting the interval, accrued by means of Michael Hargrave, are integrated, in addition to photos and line drawings of the camp and its conditions
  • Sales of the booklet will financially aid charities: Amnesty foreign and Polio Plus

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