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Yad Vashem This Month in Holocaust History
May
May 5, 1945 - Private Hershel Wright of the US Army gives oranges to starving survivors of the Wöbbelin concentration camp

May 5, 1945

Private Hershel Wright of the US Army gives oranges to starving survivors of the Wöbbelin concentration camp

Wöbbelin concentration camp, a subcamp of Neuengamme concentration camp, was established in February 1945 to hold prisoners evacuated from other camps in order to prevent their liberation by the approaching Allied forces. At its height the camp housed approximately 5,000 inmates. Wöbbelin was liberated by American troops on May 2, 1945, who found around 1,000 corpses strewn throughout the camp.