Holocaust Educational Trust Blog

A space for featured guest bloggers and members of the Holocaust Educational Trust team to comment and reflect on timely issues.

Bergen-Belsen: A Liberator's perspective


Leonard Berney was one of the first soldiers to enter the Nazi concentration camp of Bergen-Belsen, which was liberated by the British Army on 15th April 1945.  Here he gives his personal account of the liberation and the British Army’s attempts to save the lives of the thousands of prisoners.

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The Liberation of Bergen-Belsen: A survivor's perspective


Gena Turgel was born Gena Goldfinger in 1923 in Krakow, Poland. As a Jew she was interned in Krakow Ghetto before being sent first to the Plaszow Concentration Camp and then the concentration and death camp Auschwitz-Birkenau. From here she was forcibly transported to Bergen-Belsen, which was liberated by the British Army on 15th April 1945. In this blog, to mark the 68th anniversary of this event, Gena gives her personal account of the liberation.

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The White Rose: A 70 year legacy

70 years ago this week, the Nazis executed three young Germans: Sophie Scholl and her brother Hans along with their friend, Christoph Probst. This is their story.

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Lessons from Auschwitz: "A permanent reminder of what human beings are capable of"


In the latest in our series of blogs commemorating Holocaust Memorial Day, Holocaust Educational Trust Ambassador Matt Willer reflects on his visit to Auschwitz with the Trust 2006, and tells of how it has shaped his worldview since.

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Holocaust Memorial Day: The Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks

In our latest blog commemorating Holocaust Memorial Day, the Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks writes about the need for community cohesion for the sake of hope, friendship, tolerance and life.

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