"it was the very worst time"
Liberation is often imagined as a time of celebration. However, survivors in Topic 5 describe a rather different picture. In this Topic, Edith Birkin describes being forced to walk in a death march. In 1945, as the end of the war seemed likely, the Nazis began to force surviving camp inmates from Poland to Germany on what became known as death marches. Thousands froze, starved or were shot on the way. As they left the camps, the Nazis attempted to hide evidence of their appalling crimes. For example, they blew up the crematoria at Auschwitz-Birkenau in 1945.
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