Ex-British Army Lieutenant-Colonel Leonard Berney has passed away at the age of 95. During his military career, Lt Col Berney was among the British and Canadian forces who liberated the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp on April 15th 1945. The camp was located in modern day Lower Saxony in northern Germany and during the 5 years it was in operation nearly 70,000 prisoners died there from execution and disease. Lt Col Berney was part of the British 11th Armoured Division when the camp was liberated.
During an interview with Sky News last year he said;
We’d been fighting battle after battle from Normandy for 10 months up to that time when we got to the camp, and we were used to seeing casualties and people killed, but never, never had we seen anything like this at all…The people that were there were mostly emaciated, walking skeletons, in a complete daze. They didn’t really realise they were being rescued. There were a few in a better condition, some wearing prison clothes, some wearing rags.
Lt Col Berney passed away yesterday from a heart attack.