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Private Papers of Major W R Williams (Documents.3120)

Imperial War Museums

Imperial War Museums
London, United Kingdom

Major Dick Williams was a Staff Captain at 8 Corps HQ, and was part of one of the first reconnaissance parties to enter Bergen-Belsen camp after liberation. Major Williams was responsible for providing the first supplies of food and water for the survivors, and describes vividly the terrible conditions in which they had been living.

Account (5pp ts) of his experiences of the liberation of Belsen concentration camp in April 1945, at which time he was a Staff Captain at 8 Corps HQ, as part of one of the first reconnaissance parties into the camp, led by Brigadier H L Glyn-Hughes; Williams was responsible for providing the first supplies of food and water for the survivors, and paints a vivid picture of their condition and his impressions of the camp itself; also a letter (2pp ms) written by Williams shortly after the liberation of Belsen, describing his impressions of the camp and his work there.

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