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The day TV's Murray saw place of evil.

BELSEN left its imprint on Murray Walker, broadcaster and gaffe-ridden Grand Prix commentator.

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."

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Date:Mar 10, 2005
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