Anna had arrived in that camp at the end of October 1944 and died from 'typhus' before the end of march the following year. When she arrived, the camp had swelled from 2000 to 15,000 and out of this there were 8000 women. The stress on the girl would have been horrific as she had been evacuated from Auschwitz. More than a few young girls at Auschwitz concentration camp had willingly asked for their lives to be ended by means of being shot, as horrific as this may sound on here the average SS guard was only too pleased to carry out such a request. Although not nice, we need to accept the fact that what Anna had witnessed in those two camps was more than just stressful, it drove people to suicide. All considered therefor, she more than likely would not have had her periods at all, a lot of older girls and women did not either. Bergen-Belsen was notorious as it had become a dumping ground from all the other concentration camps for the sick and weak prisoners as the Red army was closing in. The number of inmates at Bergen-Belsen increased to 44,000 by the middle of March 1945. When the British liberated the camp on 15 April 1945 the population had increased to a staggering 60,000. There were no proper facilities, whatever was available was only ever intended to service 2000 people, but at a later date the Commandant who had taken over in that camp did nothing to improve things, nothing at all. An air-raid had damaged the pump station for water supply so they did not even have that! A lot of British service men felt sick, not surprisingly when you see some 3200 dead people lying around that had not been buried, the faeces more than three feet thick (one meter) piled up in the barracks and then having to work so hard trying to save another 14,000 which overwhelmed the British army as the task was too huge, almost all of them were too weak, diseased or malnourished and died. For those that could still walk and speak, little time was wasted to get close to a British soldier. These poor unfortunates only wanted one thing which was to put a arm around you, with other words a 'hug', no what I mean? British soldiers were shocked, angry and stunned at what they had witnessed on arrival in that camp.
The Third Reich at War
How the Nazis led Germany from Conquest to Disaster .................... Richard J. Evans
(Referring to girls asking for death from guards)
The Nazis & "The Final Solution" ........................................... Laurence Rees