December #BookOfTheMonth: Liberating Belsen

Added about 5 years ago by Sacristy Press

Fifty years to the month since the Durham Light Infantry laid up its colours in Durham Cathedral in 1968, our December #BookOfTheMonth is Liberating Belsen, the story of the Durham infantrymen who uncovered monstrous crimes at the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp seventy years ago, and the traumatic effect it had on their lives.

Nothing, no amount of training, could have prepared a small group of soldiers from the Durham Light Infantry for what they discovered on 18 April 1945, less than a month before the end of WWII in Europe.

Of the fifty-five million killed during the war, over ten per cent were murdered civilians. A majority of these were Jewish, although there were a significant number of political deaths, and killings of innocent civilians and minorities. This book is about how the world came to hear about these murders in what later came to be called the Holocaust—the collective extermination of almost six million people.

Here's what our readers think of the book:

A fascinating read, incredibly well researched and written and a "must read" for all students and young people wanting to get a good overview of the Durham Light Infantry, Belsen and what those witnessing the atrocities first hand saw as the war came to a close. The personal stories of how Belsen affected them are insightful, shocking and very moving. A truly excellent bite size book of World War II history focusing on Belsen and The Durham Light Infantry's involvement. Elizabeth Thomas on Amazon

This book by David Lowther gives a riveting account of, perhaps, the darkest chapter in World War Two. Roger Norton on Amazon

A very readable and well-rounded account, which is illustrated with some outstanding original maps. A very accomplished piece of work. Neil Young on Amazon


Liberating Belsen is our #BookOfTheMonth for December—get your copy of this fantastic book today for just £8.99.

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