Liberator and liberated

by Barbara Wind
the director of the Holocaust Council of MetroWest and the author of Walking on Ash.
Special to NJ Jewish News

After Daybreak: The Liberation of Bergen-Belsen 1945
by Ben Shephard,
Shocken Books: November 2005, 274 pages, photos, $25

Yesterday: My Story
by Hadassah Bimko Rosensaft,
USHMM: November 2005, paperback, 207 pages, photos, $15.95

Ben Shephard, a producer of Thames TV’s World at War, has written a clear and concise history of the liberation of Bergen-Belsen by British troops. Of all the concentration camps scattered throughout Europe — and there were more than 15,000 of them — Bergen-Belsen was unusual for a number of reasons. First, it was a transit camp. Established in May 1943 after the Battle of Stalingrad, when most Germans understood that they had, in all probability, lost the war, it was intended as a “civilian internment campâ€? for those who were privileged to have “important foreign connections.â€?