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Lib Dem MP Candidate pays tribute to Holocaust victims

May 2, 2015 11:45 PM
Originally published by South Central Region Liberal Democrats

Prospective Eastleigh MP Mike Thornton has commemorated the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Bergen-Belsen concentration camp.

70 years ago, British troops entered the German concentration camp of Bergen-Belsen.

The soldiers who liberated the camp - members of the 11th Armored Division - had already experienced years of battle against Nazi Germany. Yet nothing could have prepared them for what they've found - piles of dead bodies and thousands of sick and starving prisoners. Many could never bring themselves to speak of the horrors they had seen.

Mike said: "Today's anniversary is a grimly reminder of why Bergen-Belsen became a watchword for Nazi inhumanity and brutality."

"It's chilling to think that thousands of innocent lives perished in the camp. I will always find it difficult to grasp just how such brutality found its way into a civilised society. "

"The memory of my own visit to Auschwitz concentration camp in November 2013 haunts me still, almost two years after."

"It is important we remember, but to remember is not enough. We can't change history but we can work to protect innocent people here and around the world. We should never, ever be a bystander to evil, oppression, hatred, or injustice."

As many as 70,000 people died at the camp, including the diarist Anne Frank.

The notorious camp commandant Joseph Kramer, dubbed 'the Beast of Belsen' by camp inmates, was found guilty in the Belsen Trial by a British military court at L√ľneburg and hanged in December 1945.