"Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced" - James Baldwin
Thursday, 2 April 2020
Last night I watched
Jonathan Dimbleby’s ITV film "Return to Belsen", about the Bergen Belsen concentration
camp. His father, Richard Dimbleby, had been there at its liberation, reporting for
BBC radio. My father was there too as one of the first Allied doctors to enter the 'camp'.
accounts of survivors and British squaddies who rarely spoke about
what they had witnessed. One man, now in his 90s, had NEVER even told
his own wife about his time in Bergen Belsen. My father too.
All he ever told me was to confirm that the liberators overfed
survivors which increased the death toll. I have written about this before.
This seems to me a
moment to honour the victims of fascism there. In honouring them I need to be honest
about who has been honouring them and working to
ensure, in the words of the Spanish Republicans, ¡nopasarán!
are the descendants of Auschwitz survivor Primo Levi, leader of the Warsaw Ghetto uprising, Marek Edelman and today people who
as Jews, live and work in the tradition of The Bundists. One of these
is my friend
Merilyn Moos who, with Steve Cushion, has written a book on what it
be an anti-Nazi at the time of the Holocaust.