Buchenwald Concentration Camp

Reporter Edward Ward files his account of entering one of the earliest built and biggest of the Nazi concentration camps, sharing everything that he saw and heard. The details are distressing. One German girl, a former member of the female branch of the Hitler Youth, membership of which was compulsory, is also present and is shocked to learn the truth.

BBC correspondent Edward Ward was a prisoner of war in Italy and Germany from 1941 until 1945. He was captured in Libya, during the battle for Sidi Rezegh. The Germans took approximately 35,000 Allied troops prisoner from this area between 1941 and 1942. After the war, in 1947, Ward reported from Amritsar on the riots that followed the drawing of the boundary line between Pakistan and India.

Originally broadcast 1 April 1945.

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