Originally from Berlin, Rudi Oppenheimer was 12-years-old when he and his family were captured and sent to Belsen camp in February 1944.
He stayed in the camp for 14 months, during which time his parents died. The camp was liberated by the Russians in April 1945.
"We were not victimised like those who went to Auschwitz. We were allowed to wear our own clothes, and could keep our luggage, but there was no food.
"They harassed us a lot. Most days we had to stay on the parade ground for nine hours if you didn't work. We never felt fearful of the people in charge."
Two interesting points...
Belsen was not liberated by the Soviets, so I don't know if it's just an error by the author, or the typical mixing of events to tell the story.
I wonder if he will be brought up on charges for saying that the Belsen inmates never felt fearful of the people in charge.