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Bergen-Belsen Memorial, Bergen

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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. Arrange to visit Bergen-Belsen Memorial and other attractions in Bergen using our Bergen vacation generator.
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  • Bergen-Belsen or Neuengamme? That was it, we asked ourselves whether, when my family and I talked about visiting a concentration camp for the first time. We decided to see Bergen-Belsen and Neuengamme day after one day because they, according to descriptions and reviews on the Web should have a little differently in their exhibition. When we took off from Bergen-Belsen, it was in the belief that there probably was not very much to see (because we knew that everything had been cleared by ground in 1945), and that it would take approximately 2 hours to walk around in there. It ended up that we were there for 6 hours-without having seen anything in the last part of the exhibition. The exhibition contains good descriptions, video interview and pictures. We had not seen a concentration camp before, which perhaps was the reason we were completely engulfed by, how terrible it was. Particularly the personal accounts, which could be seen in the exhibition in the form of small video clips, made an enormous impression on me. Several of the survivors of the camp described the spot as worse than other camps, including Auschwitz. Unique to the place is also a film, as the English processions, when they came to the camp in 1945 (not recommended for children under 14). Outside of the exhibition is the opportunity to walk around the field, which was then divided into different camps. Today it is mostly a grassy field with about 12 mass graves, individual memorials and gravestones. It provides, however, a fine sense of how great it was. My family and I had it as though we had been to the funeral throughout the day. It was also the reason why we dropped the Neuengamme concentration camp the day after. I will not rule out the possibility that I am going to a concentration camp again sometime in the future, but I can say with certainty that it will not be just provisionally. The site is well worth a visit. The best greetings from Signe
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  • I think everyone should visit these places, it really is a very moving experience and hard to understand that people can do what went on there, it's free to visit.  more »
  • We spent two hours at the Museum and a trip out on the field. Images, text, objects-all made big impression.
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  • 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.
  • Very sad. Very informative. Good history information. Friendly staff.
  • Reflection on Life! Having served in Herford in early 80's I had the opportunity to visit this site and other Nazi 'life destruction camps'. I still recall my visit today and would love to return to educate my kids. I was a young soldier at the time and I recall this made me totally understand why we were in Germany so many years after the war. Having taken a keen interest in Modern history I am disappointed to find that far too many Nazi's were either not pursued or convicted in post war courts, but do understand the political ramifications posed by the occupying powers to gain support from a population that could have easily turned against us in a gorilla war. It was suspected that this could have happened, lets face it in other areas of the world even now this is happening. I would highly recommend a visit.
  • I went here with my nephew, who wanted to see the site of a concentration camp. There is nothing of the camp left today, except the mass burial mounds and memorials. However it does have a very good exhibition showing the story of the camp, from beginning to end.
  • Great museum about a tragic time in history. Went here 2 years ago with my cousins who live in Celle, I learned a lot that they never talked about in school. The place was very quiet and somber and the visitors and staff were very respectful. There was not a large crowd and the artifacts were almost disturbingly still. I would recommend this for everyone so we can learn from our mistakes and so a terrible massacre on mankind will never happen again.

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