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Interview with Julia Mackenzie about Belsen concentration camp
EXTERNAL ID
WD_BF01_TRACK11_MACKENZIE_GAELIC
DATE OF RECORDING
2005
PERIOD
2000s
CREATOR
Julia Mackenzie
SOURCE
Am Baile and War Detectives
ASSET ID
3147
KEYWORDS
World War 2
World War II
Second World War
2nd World War
concentration camps
audio

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Julia Mackenzie of Inverness remembers going into the Belsen concentration camp shortly after it was liberated. The interview was conducted in Gaelic and translated into English.

What is your worst memory of the war years?

I think it was going into Belsen, to the concentration camp in Belsen - that was horrible. I went in in an RASC lorry (the Royal Army Service Corps), and we couldn't get out of the lorry at all, they wouldn't let us get out of the lorry because of the 'typhoid' sickness in the camp. But the people, some of them, the more active ones, they were left sitting inside what I'd call 'huts'. And those people didn't have any flesh on their bones - just bones. The bones were on bones. And there was a sort of notice, a notice-board up, informing how many and who had died that day. And I'm sure that some of those whom I saw, the more active ones who were sitting, they would be dead before nightfall.

This interview was recorded as part of a War Detectives project in 2005 at Central Primary School, Inverness.

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Interview with Julia Mackenzie about Belsen concentration camp

2000s

World War 2; World War II; Second World War; 2nd World War; concentration camps; audio

Am Baile and War Detectives

War Detectives (interviews)

Julia Mackenzie of Inverness remembers going into the Belsen concentration camp shortly after it was liberated. The interview was conducted in Gaelic and translated into English.<br /> <br /> What is your worst memory of the war years? <br /> <br /> I think it was going into Belsen, to the concentration camp in Belsen - that was horrible. I went in in an RASC lorry (the Royal Army Service Corps), and we couldn't get out of the lorry at all, they wouldn't let us get out of the lorry because of the 'typhoid' sickness in the camp. But the people, some of them, the more active ones, they were left sitting inside what I'd call 'huts'. And those people didn't have any flesh on their bones - just bones. The bones were on bones. And there was a sort of notice, a notice-board up, informing how many and who had died that day. And I'm sure that some of those whom I saw, the more active ones who were sitting, they would be dead before nightfall. <br /> <br /> This interview was recorded as part of a War Detectives project in 2005 at Central Primary School, Inverness.