Our Dad’s Visit to the Ruins of Belsen Concentration Camp | Beastrabban\’s Weblog

Last Updated: February 9, 2018By

This is the least horrifying image of the Belsen extermination camp that I could find.

David (that’s the Beast) is right – I did visit Sachsenhausen.

It’s interesting that our father mentioned the lack of birdsong in Belsen. There was none in Sachsenhausen either.

It was as though animals – or nature itself – shunned the place because of the crimes that were committed there.

The impression I get is that my accusers think this is some sort of game.

They seem to think that idly libelling me with claims of Holocaust denial and anti-Semitism will score points for them.

They could not be more wrong.

I wonder how many of them have visited an extermination camp.

Millions of people died in these places. Not only Jews, but Romani, the mentally ill, neurotics, prostitutes, recidivist criminals, Prisoners of War, and political prisoners, such as trade unionists, Socialists, Communists, Anarchists, gay men, and slave workers from the Slav nations – 17 million of them.

It wasn’t a game to those people.

It is hugely disrespectful of them to treat it as such.

Oh, you didn’t think of it that way? Reconsider.

I’m telling this story to make it even clearer that Mike isn’t [a] Holocaust denier, and that he and I were brought up knowing about the atrocity by parents, who hated and despise the Nazis and their crimes like every other decent person.

Our father did his national service in Bielefeld in Germany. It was a town then on the borders of the former West Germany. While he was there, he visited the remains of Belsen concentration camp, and took pictures. I can remember him showing them to Mike and myself when were both in junior school. This was way back in the 1970s, when war comics were in vogue – not just Battle, but also Warlord, the war stories in Action, like ‘Hellmann of Hammer Force’, and the DC Thompson war comics in Commando Picture Library. This was also the decade when there were an increasing number of films about the Second World War. Mike and I read the war comics, and this led us at the time to ask questions about the Second World War. It might have been in response to one of these that Dad got out his photo album to show us his photos of the ruins of the camp. This worried Mum. She was afraid that the photos, and the story behind them, would be too upsetting for us and give us nightmares. It didn’t. From what I can remember, the photos mostly showed grassed over pits. These, our father told us, were where the Nazi burned and buried the bodies of those they’d murdered. Talking to him last night, he said that from one pit they pulled 12,000 human remains. I’d have to look up how many were killed in toto at the wretched place, but the simple figure of 12,000 for that just one pit is shocking. He’s also said several times that no birds sang there. I’ve heard that about the other concentration camps as well. It’s as if the monstrous evil the Nazis committed infected the very land itself, desecrating it of all life.

A few decades later, Mike himself visited one of the other Nazi concentration camps – Sachsenhausen. I think this was when he was at college, studying modern European literature. Part of the course included a trip to West Berlin, and I think it was while he was there that he visited the remains of that particularly abomination.

The real Nazis make disgusting jokes about the Holocaust, when they’re not trying to convince the world that it didn’t happen, or was a lot smaller than reputable historians have shown. I don’t think they tend to visit them, though. Mike is very, very definitely not a Holocaust denier, nor anti-Semite, and those, who are smearing him are vile, disgusting political manipulators committing libel.

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  1. Pam Sanby February 9, 2018 at 4:02 am - Reply

    Like I said before. You’re doing something that’s cheesing off the establishment…. keep it up!

  2. john thatcher February 9, 2018 at 7:55 am - Reply

    There was no birdsong when I visited Bergen-Belsen either.

  3. David Young February 9, 2018 at 12:13 pm - Reply

    Powerful piece. As a famous person whose name escapes me once said Mike ‘Don’t let the bastards get you down.’

    • Mike Sivier February 9, 2018 at 3:28 pm - Reply

      It was Norman Stanley Fletcher in Porridge.

  4. rotzeichen February 9, 2018 at 12:55 pm - Reply

    I went to Sachsenhausen on a School Trip to Berlin, my wife took a photograph inside the building where autopsies were carried on people that were treated in experiments. when she got back there was a misty image in the photo, No other photo taken on the day showed anything similar.

    I am not a believer but if I was it would certainly have confirmed my beliefs in the hereafter. It is truly quite eerie.

    I was also very impressed in the adult way the Children behaved inside the camp with the gruesome details that went on there.

    People that play politics with Antisemitism smears, are not serving the interests of Jewish people. Good education though does.

  5. 4foxandhare February 9, 2018 at 4:01 pm - Reply

    I hereby inform whomsoever reads this comment that I completely endorse the following statement from this edition of Vox Political:

    “Mike is very, very definitely not a Holocaust denier, nor an anti-Semite, and those, who are smearing him are vile, disgusting political manipulators committing libel.”

    Furthermore, I am disgusted at his expulsion from the Labour Party. As a LP member, I feel that it the events leading up to its implementation, should have been fully explained to all members. In addition, I utterlyu, deplore the condition that Mike should be made to take part in ‘training’ that is run by the Jewish Labour Movement.

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