Newsgroups: alt.revisionism Subject: Holocaust Almanac: The Beast of Belsen Followup-To: alt.revisionism 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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