BONN (Mar. 22)
A total of 51,000 Jewish inmates from many European countries died at the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp according to findings published today in a documentary survey made by Dr. Eberhard Kolb, a West German historian.
The survey, designed to record the historical significance of the camp, was commissioned last year by the Lower Saxony Government, in whose area the camp was located. The study found that, in the first six months of 1945, nearly 45,000 inmates died from hunger or disease. Among them was Anne Frank, the Dutch girl whose diary emerged as one of the most graphic portrayals of the Nazi genocide.
Some 60,000 inmates were found still alive by the Allies when they liberated the camp, but 13,944 of the survivors died almost immediately afterward.