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After Daybreak: The Liberation of Bergen-Belsen, 1945

4.02 of 5 stars 4.02  ·  rating details  ·  50 ratings  ·  8 reviews
“I find it hard even now to get into focus all these horrors, my mind is really quite incapable of taking in everything I saw because it was all so completely foreign to everything I had previously believed or thought possible.” British Major Ben Barnett’s words echoed the sentiments shared by medical students, Allied soldiers, members of the clergy, ambulance drivers, and ...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published November 15th 2005 by Schocken (first published 2005)
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David Lowther
After Daybreak is a superbly researched account of The Liberation of Belsen and its aftermath. The author, Ben Shepherd, has gone to great lengths to create a full picture of the day of liberation in April 1945 and the days that followed. It is, inevitably, gruesome and paints a grim picture of life in Belsen.

There were some issues around the allies' attitude to the Holocaust in general and some of their actions at Belsen in particular. Shepherd draws attention to these problems very thoroughly
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Renee
This is the third book that I was reading with "The Long Road Home: The Aftermath of the Second World War" (it is also by Ben Shephard), and "An Uncommon Friendship: From Opposite Sides of the Holocaust" and the combination of the three was very enlightening, depressing and sobering. I highly recommend this to those interested in WWII, human interaction, social anthropology, medical history and so much more.

So sad. So amazing. So truly touching.
Okie
Jan 17, 2012 Okie rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those studying liberation of WWII concentration camps
Looking into the face of Hell
Last year I read “After Daybreak: The Liberation of Belsen, 1945”. It relates the story of those British troops whose job it was to make sense and order of the death and chaos that was the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in April, 1945. Despite the arrival of the British troops and their supplies, knowledge, and hard work, inmates continued to die by the thousands. Initially, death rates actually skyrocketed due to the increase in mobility effected by recovering inm
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Vicky Ashwell
For me this was a fascinating book. I am the daughter of a retired British army officer and grew up in Germany. I went to school in the camp that is now called Hohne, but was once the panzer training school. I have been to Belsen more times than I can count but have to say that, as is the case with some of those mentioned in the book, I did not have the 'emotional intelligence' to fully comprehend what happened. Despite studying Nazi Germany to degree level I have never, until now really looked ...more
Anna
Jun 13, 2012 Anna rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Anna by: Google
Very amazing and extraordinarily detailed account of Bergen-Belsen's liberation. Recommend to anyone interested in this subject, or interested in medical.
Be aware some profanity is present.

EDIT: I just finished Remembering Belsen: Eyewitnesses Record the Liberation, which was, in my opinion, better {Then this} and was told through only testimonies, not the author's words.
Jonna
I read this book as research for a book I was writing. I have had a life-long obsession with trying to understand the Holocaust - of course, it can't be understood,but I still believe reading everything I can about it is important so that we never forget that it happened. This book taught me alot that I didn't already know, so it was very interesting. Hard to read - but interesting and important to read.
Claire Beresford
A day by day account of what happened in the camps. There are stories from both the prisoners and workers to provide different points of view. Chapters are sections of time periods and events. If you have an interest in the subject I would highly recommend it.
Ruth
Very detailed and painful account on the liberation of Bergen Belsen. Although it was hard to follow sometimes.
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Ben Shephard (1948 - ) is an English historian, author and television producer.
He was educated at Diocesan College, Cape Town and Westminster School. He graduated in history from Oxford University and has made many historical documentaries for the BBC and Channel 4, including producer of The World at War and The Nuclear Age.
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