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Private Papers of Major H St C Stewart MBE (Document.1355)

Imperial War Museums

Imperial War Museums
London, United Kingdom

Major Hugh Stewart led the No 5 Army Film and Photographic Unit who entered Bergen-Belsen concentration camp on 19 April 1945, just days after its liberation. His papers describe the terrible suffering he encountered there, and tragic scenes of survivors living alongside the bodies of the many people who had died in the camp.

Very vivid cyclostyled ts account written by him while in command of No 5 Army Film and Photo Section and describing a visit he made to Belsen concentration camp on 19 April 1945, capturing the scenes of carnage and degradation, the incongruity of people living almost obliviously amidst piles of corpses, and the camp guards and the prisoners themselves.

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