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Survivors from Many Lands Participate in Pilgrimage to Bergen-belsen

Survivors of the infamous Bergen-Belsen death camp, near this West German city, participated today in a pilgrimage to the camp site on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of Bergen-Belsen’s liberation. Among the pilgrims were survivors now living in the United States, Canada, France, Israel and Germany.

Except for the recitation of the kaddish, voiced by one survivor at the mound where many Jews had been buried in a mass grave, the services and prayers were conducted in silence. Said Joseph Rosensaft, chairman of the survivors’ organization, after the services: “Here, on the mass grave, I feel this is a time for silence.”

In this city, after the pilgrimage, religious services were held in memory of Norbert Prager, a former member of the Central Committee of Displaced Persons in the British Zone, who died on the eve of the pilgrimage, aged 74.