Comparing Fela Bernstein 's The Long Way Home

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Fela Bernstein was a teenager when she was liberated by the British on April 15, 1945 from the concentration camp Bergen-Belsen. This was the first camp this particular British unit had found. In Ben Shephard’s book The Long Road Home: The Aftermath of The Second World War, he tells that one British officer wrote of Belsen after his arrival there, “I have never seen so many criminal-looking faces bundled together as I did at Belsen.” Bernstein remembers the jubilation felt by those in the camp and the silence that befell the soldiers at their first sight of what horrors the war had wrought. Never had these soldiers seen anything like what they encountered at the Nazi concentration camps. A captivating documentary that thoroughly discusses this subject comes from the director Mark Jonathan Harris. This film, The Long Way Home, gives first-hand accounts from both the Jews and the soldiers that were there and shows graphic shots of hollow faces and stacks of dead bodies, there are estimates of at least 13,000 dead bodies that had to be buried in Belsen alone . There was also more sick and dying people by the hundreds, even thousands at some camps. The first thing many of the Allied soldiers did was feed the survivors only resulting in more deaths as many ruptured their stomachs engorging themselves after having little to nothing to eat for a protracted amount of time. Now that, liberation had finally came and redemption in the form of the Allied forces was given what was to…
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