<p>A view of the <a href="/narrative/4549/en">Bergen-Belsen</a> concentration camp after the <a href="/narrative/2317/en">liberation</a> of the camp. Bergen-Belsen, after April 15, 1945.</p>
<p>As it drove into Germany, the British <a href="/narrative/8176/en">11th Armoured Division</a> occupied the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp on April 15, 1945. When the 11th Armoured Division entered the camp, its soldiers were totally unprepared for what they found. Inside were more than 60,000 emaciated and ill prisoners in desperate need of medical attention. More than 13,000 corpses in various stages of decomposition lay littered around the camp.</p>



Thank you for supporting our work

We would like to thank The Crown and Goodman Family and the Abe and Ida Cooper Foundation for supporting the ongoing work to create content and resources for the Holocaust Encyclopedia. View the list of all donors.