The day TV's Murray saw place of evil.
He was a 21-year-old tank officer with the Royal Scots Greys, crossing Germany to reach the Danish border before the Russians got there. It involved a mad dash eastward, averaging 80 miles a day.
"I'd never really thought about the Russians. I thought Germany was the personification of evil," he says. "And then I was diverted to Belsen.
"By the time I got there, the place had been burnt to the ground. Our boys had taken out the inmates and torched the place with flame-throwers.
"It seemed so strange. Hardly any time had elapsed - yet this place which has remained such a monument of man's inhumanity was already just another bit of dull, dreary, German plain. So much suffering eradicated within weeks. Physically, perhaps, but I hope never in people's minds.
"I was very conscious of being in a place where unspeakable things happened. But that does not mean you should not speak of them."
MISSION: With dad Graham, 1945
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|Publication:||The Mirror (London, England)|
|Date:||Mar 10, 2005|
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