It is 65 years since Buchenwald was liberated.
Those too young to have known the horrors of the Nazis joined survivors to mark the anniversary at the concentration camp in eastern Germany.
Some 90 former inmates returned to the site. An
estimated 56,000 people from all over Europe perished at the camp, liberated by the US army in
“We come every year for the liberation,” said survivor Bartholm Poll who was imprisoned in another notorious camp on German soil, Dachau.
“We always think of those here, the comrades….It is hard.”
Jews, Soviet prisoners of war, homosexuals, Jehovah’s Witnesses and many others were held in Buchenwald from 1937. While it did not have gas chambers, prisoners were murdered, worked to death or died of starvation, disease or medical experiments.