In July 1944, the Soviet troops were on there way to these “concentration camps” and because of this the SS guards anxiously tried to burn and hide all evidence of this horrendous crime, or so I was told (Danzer 576). My name is Liza Wong, I am a reporter for the Badger Time and At first I didn’t believe that all these terrible crimes were happening but last month I was sent to Berlin to report and take photograph of this merciless killing to show the rest of America, I was completely shocked on the images I saw. On the way there I could already smell the smell of decaying bodies and I knew there were going to be dead bodies everywhere, and I was right. In these camps laid thousands and thousands of dead bodies, it was horrific, the bodies were thrown on top of each other like pieces of meat, and blood was everywhere
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. I don’t know how many people were there to begin with but there were only a couple thousand people left. The survivors were starving and looked like they were on the brink of death (Danzer 576).

It was a horrible sight to see that many people so mistreated left out to die. Many of the German soldiers were running away after destroying the warehouse that was in the camps.
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Out of the warehouses that were left the Soviet troops went through them and found whatever that was left of the Jews personal belongings. They had discovered things like men's suits, over 800,000 women's outfits, and more than 14,000 pounds of human hair (United 1). And they had also found a storehouse filled with 800,000 shoes (Danzer 576). The survivors receive a truckload of bread from the United States Army soon after liberation, but some were even too weak to eat solid food (Liberation 1). I even got to help distribute some the food, the survivors looked so grateful at us like we were the light at the end of a long dark tunnel. The survivors were sent to medical wards run by Americans (Liberation 1). Other camps like the Buchenwald, Dora-Mittelbau, Flossenburg, Dachau, and Mauthausen camps have also been liberated just like this one (American 1).


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Works Cited:
Danzer, Gerald A. The Americans. Illinois: McDougal Littell, 2005.
Liberation. 2005. University of South Florida. 18 March 2009 <http://fcit.usf.edu/HOLOCAUST/resource/gallery/L1945B.htm>.
The Liberation of Nazi Camps. 2009. The American-Israeli Cooperative Enterprise, 18 March 2009 <http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/Holocaust/lib.html>.
Liberation of Nazi Camps. 2009. United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. 18 March 2009 <http://www.ushmm.org/wlc/article.php?ModuleId=10005131>.

Jessica Louie
3/18/2009
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