Reader Blind Item – Kindness
Testimony of a young survivor of this horrific policy describes the day they were liberated.
One of the officers involved, an extremely handsome man with an unflappable demeanor, led a team of men who were there to photographically document what had happened.
He and his team were not from America. The officer personally helped the survivors and made sure many of them got the help they needed not to mention food and other supplies as well as transport to where they needed to go for those well enough to travel.
He was the go to guy for helping all the victims who were kept in this location.
He would receive a number of medals for his overall conduct and service during this huge conflict of the last century.
A few years later, the survivor had immigrated to the home country of the officer and happened to go to a movie.
The star was the officer.
In the years that followed, the survivor followed the officer’s career as he went from teen heartthrob to mature adult making films that would be described as intellectual and arty and somewhat experimental.
He was also known for not making any attempt to hide his sexuality, not out, no one was then, but not in the closet either, as well as his excellent fashion sense and the series of books he wrote later in life (some of which deal with his harrowing war experiences).
He was not as big in the USA as his home country but was deeply respected.
Towards the end of the officer’s life, the survivor was able to meet him and thank him for what he did.
The officer as cool as ever said it was his duty as a human being.
Dirk Bogarde (liberation of Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in Germany)
28 March 1921 – 8 May 1999
Sir Dirk Bogarde was an English actor and writer. Initially a matinée idol in films such as Doctor in the House for the Rank Organisation, he later acted in art-house films.
Dirk Bogarde and Belsen
On the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the concentration camp at Bergen-Belsen, Dirk Bogarde’s claim to have seen that ‘hell on earth’ at first hand is reassessed by his official biographer, John Coldstream – Source