Take a somber visit to Bergen-Belsen Memorial, a memorial at the site of Bergen-Belsen Concentration Camp. Between 1942 and 1945, thousands of people died here, with up to 35,000 dying of typhus. When the camp was liberated, its prisoners were found sick and starving, while many of the dead remained unburied. The memorial and its museum feature photographs and videos of the survivors, as well as written stories. Large mounds mark mass burial sites. Put Bergen-Belsen Memorial into our Bergen vacation builder tool to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Bergen.
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Das Konzentrationslager Bergen-Belsen war ein nationalsozialistisches Konzentrationslager im Ortsteil Belsen der Gemeinde Bergen im Kreis Celle (Provinz Hannover, heute Niedersachsen). Hier nur ein Zi... more »Bergen-Belsen concentration camp was a Nazi German concentration camp in the village of Belsen of the town of Bergen in the District of Celle (province of Hanover, now Lower Saxony). Just a quote of the celebrity survivors and witnesses of the Holocaust: "survival is a privilege that is required. I was always wondering what I can do for that have not survived."_Simon Wiesenthal
Its the 3rd time I’ve visited in the last 30 years 1985 / 93 . The visitors centre has improved massively , with a nice cafe and a lot more exhibits available to see and hear . The history of the camp... more »
På vej hjem fra Amsterdam, hvor vi har vist drengene på 7 og 11 år Anne Franks hus, synes vi det var på sin plads at vise dem, der hvor hun døde. Vi overvejede nøje om man kan vise børn på den alder e... more »On the way home from Amsterdam, where we have shown the boys at 7 and 11 years, Anne Frank House, we feel that it was appropriate to show them where she died. We considered carefully whether we can show children at the age of a concentration camp, but was then agreed to Bergen Belsen is the camp, there are at least back of and therefore also the least scary. We also failed to see the very Museum that displays very detailed videos and images of the Holocaust. However, it is an outdoor area with Memorial tombstones, obelixen and mass graves including Anne Frank Memorial, a good way to talk to kids about 2. World War II on. Here is a very special atmosphere and a ro and the children, which usually is very wild, asked and walked around with us in his hand. Visit also the room of silence with letters from visitors. Very beautiful and touching made and a must see for all history enthusiasts.
I was overwhelmed emotionally. Seeing the mass graves. Nice to remember the innocent who lost their lives at the camp. Seeing the marker for Anne Frank was special. So glad we took the time to stop by and walk around the camp.
No dogs are allowed. Not even on the grounds outside. It was Holy ground they said. We saw an old man pee on the parkinglot. Maybe he was passning holy water... I am sure Anne Frank would have hugged our dog if she would have had the opportunity to. Humans stopped her from being able to do that. Not dogs!
It is a place to visit and let the children to see the history. I felt the fear of those people when I was inside.
Superbly presented. Very educational and sobering. If you are a foreigner take a young German with you if you can. With the current increasing popularity of right wing political parties and the online fashion for conspiracy theories including Holocaust denial we need to protect and remember this history to try and prevent a repeat.
My second visit to this memorial site. As a child I have often passed the sign on the motorway on our way to the south with my parents, in the sixties and early seventies. And every time asked if we could stop to visit it, and every time my father refused. He was one of the first British soldiers to come to the Bergen Belsen concentration camp on 15th April 1945 and take command and help the surviving victims. He had seen the place in all its horific reality - something that marked him for the rest of his life. And something he had no desire to re-live. To visit the site now, as an adult, is a silent, solemn time for reflection. And no matter how often you visit the site, the emotional impact is enormous. The intellectual, philosophical impact equally so. It is important always to pass down to generations the holocaust history to make certain that history may never repeat itself. The site's exhibition should be on top of the to-do holiday list for all families, despite the sorrow and sadness it will bring.
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