Britain and the Holocaust: Remembering and Representing War by Caroline Sharples, Olaf Jensen

By Caroline Sharples, Olaf Jensen

How has Britain understood the Holocaust? This interdisciplinary quantity explores renowned narratives of the second one international battle and cultural representations of the Holocaust from the Nuremberg trials of 1945-6, to the institution of a countrywide memorial day by way of the beginning of the twenty-first century.

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39. 40. 41. 42. 43. 44. 45. 46. 47. 48. 49. 50. 51. 52. 53. 54. 55. 56. 57. 58. 59. 60. 61. 62. 63. 29 Little, Allies in Auschwitz, 42. , 32. Ibid. , 77. Charles Coward, testimonial statement for Nuremberg IG Farben hearings, 1947–1948. IWM Documents section. Item ref: NI 11695. Ibid. Ibid. George Longdon, Testimonial statement for Nuremberg IG Farben hearings, 1947–1948. Source: IWM Documents section. Item ref: NI 11703. David Alexander, Testimonial statement for Nuremberg IG Farben hearings, 1947–1948.

Given the better treatment and Red Cross parcels afforded to the POWs, some have wondered how a reasonably ‘healthy’ looking person could be surrounded by ‘skeletal’ inmates and yet not be spotted by the SS. As George Longdon wrote in his affidavit, ‘[Concentration camp prisoners] looked three parts dead. They were all skin and bones . . 37 This physical contrast between the POWs and the concentration camp inmates is underscored by a set of images of the E715 prisoners, organised by Coward himself with a local photographer.

37 This physical contrast between the POWs and the concentration camp inmates is underscored by a set of images of the E715 prisoners, organised by Coward himself with a local photographer. One of these clearly depicts Coward with the camp football team, smiling and posing with his hands resting on the shoulders of another member of the group. He certainly does not look thin or gaunt, although it may have been possible for him to pass himself off as a recent arrival at the camp. Another former POW, David Alexander, testified at Nuremberg that ‘for the most part the new ones looked pretty much the same as we did, like normal, healthy human beings.

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