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South African photographer, Eric Leslie Edmonds was an army photographer with the Allies in World War II. He documented the liberation of the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in northern Germany.

Corpses of prisoners from the Bergen-Belson concentration camp lie in a mass grave after the camp was liberated by British armed forces on April 15, 1945.

According to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, “On April 15, 1945, British forces liberated Bergen-Belsen. The British found around sixty thousand prisoners in the camp, most of them seriously ill. Thousands of corpses lay unburied on the camp grounds. Between May 1943 and April 15, 1945, between 36,400 and 37,600 prisoners died in Bergen-Belsen. More than 13,000 former prisoners, too ill to recover, died after liberation. After evacuating Bergen-Belsen, British forces burned down the whole camp to prevent the spread of typhus. During its existence, approximately 50,000 persons died in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp complex including Anne Frank and her sister Margot. Both died in the camp in March 1945. Most of the victims were Jews.”

Source: https://www.ushmm.org/wlc/en/article.php?ModuleId=10005224

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