Bergen-Belsen was liberated by British troops on April 15, 1945. The soldiers who liberated the concentration camp were unprepared for what they witnessed.

In the last several months of WWII, the camp’s already scant resources were stretched further as waves of new prisoners were sent from camps closer to the war front. Overcrowding, terrible conditions, and a lack of food and water led to outbreaks of disease. Approximately 50,000 people died in the Bergen-Belsen camp complex, among them Anne Frank.

The Museum’s collection contains photos of the liberation of Bergen-Belsen. A few of these are shared in the slideshow below.