In honour of the recent International Holocaust Remembrance Day–and the 78th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, I had the honour of speaking to Paul Woodage, host of WW2TV for a live talk about the Canadian personnel who encountered the Holocaust.
Some estimates put the number at over 1,000 Canadian troops who were at Bergen-Belsen in April 1945, while other anecdotal stories describe the scenes at Westerbork in Holland when Canadian forces entered the transit camp then.
Hear the stories and the testimony of Canadian veterans Bernie Delson (RCAF), Jack Marcovitch (Regiment de la Chaudiere), Aba Bayefsky (RCAF War Artist), Rabbi Samuel Cass (Chaplain) and others as they documented the murders of millions of Europe’s Jews, and gave comfort to the survivors. And how the experience marked the veterans for the rest of their lives. Watch the presentation here: