On April 30, 1945, Saul Stein wrote this letter to his family in Montreal. He was ‘’somewhere in Germany’’ as a Canadian soldier. In his letter, Saul describes his first impressions of Bergen-Belsen camp, recently liberated by the Allies.
Saul Stein: A Jewish Soldier in the Canadian Army
In his letter, Saul describes his first impressions of Bergen-Belsen camp, recently liberated by the Allies.
The Discovery of Nazi Concentration Camps
‘’I have never yet seen so many people in all my life in one camp. There were dead bodies sprawled outside wherever we walked. Those who are living look practically dead and everyone is starving from hunger.’’ Saul’s letter conveys a sense of urgency to help the prisoners still dying of hunger and sickness.
After what I have seen and experienced yesterday has left me completely heartbroken. It is something that will forever remain in my mind.
Born in Montreal to Yugoslavian Jewish parents, Saul joined the Canadian Army in 1941. He was sent to Europe and was one of the first Canadian Jews to discover the horror of Nazi concentration camps during liberation.
Saul Stein donated this letter to the Montreal Holocaust Museum in 2000.
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