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.

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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Remembering Wallenberg

Raoul Wallenberg (above), the Swedish diplomat who saved thousands of Jewish lives during the Nazi occupation of Hungary, was born one hundred years ago last month. Here, Holocaust survivor John Dobai reflects on his experiences in Budapest during The Second World War – and the role that Wallenberg played in providing sanctuary to him and his family.

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The liberation of Bergen-Belsen



Bergen-Belsen concentration camp was liberated by British forces on 15th April 1945. 67 years on, Holocaust survivor Mala Tribich reflects on the traumatic years that preceded liberation - and on her life since

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