The Belsen trials were two trials in 1945 and 1946 conducted by the British. The defendants were alleged WWI war criminals. It included but was not limited to officials from the Belsen camp. The first Belsen trial in 1945 is notable for having mostly occurred before the more well-known Nuremberg trials and with the sentencing occurring before the first sentencing during the Nuremberg trials.
The main defendant during the first trial was Josef Kramer, with the trial being officially called the "Trial of Josef Kramer and 44 others". Some of the defendants (including Kramer) had been officials at Auschwitz. As such, the trial in effect "confirmed" the politically correct views on Auschwitz that had long been part of Allied psychological warfare.
The revisionist Germar Rudolf has written that "Josef Kramer, last commandant of Bergen-Belsen camp, as well as other SS men and women, were tortured until they begged to be allowed to die (Belgion 1949, pp. 80f.,90). The British journalist Alan Moorehead reports as follows (Connolly 1953, pp. 105f.): “As we approached the cells of the SS guards, the [British] sergeant’s language become ferocious. ‘We had had an interrogation this morning,’ the captain said. ‘I am afraid they are not a pretty sight.’ […] The sergeant unbolted the first door and […] strode into the cell, jabbing a metal spike in front of him. ‘Get up,’ he shouted. ‘Get up. Get up, you dirty bastards.’ There were half a dozen men lying or half lying on the floor. One or two were able to pull themselves erect at once. The man nearest me, his shirt and face spattered with blood, made two attempts before he got on to his knees and then gradually on to his feet. He stood with his arms stretched out in front of him, trembling violently. ‘Come on. Get up,’ the sergeant shouted [in the next cell]. The man was lying in his blood on the floor, a massive figure with a heavy head and bedraggled beard […] ‘Why don’t you kill me?’ he whispered. ‘Why don’t you kill me? I cannot stand it anymore.’ The same phrases dribbled out of his lips over and over again. ‘He’s been saying that all morning, the dirty bastard,’ the sergeant said.”
The revisionist Carlo Mattogno has written that "Although the British investigators knew the "historical" framework set out by the Soviet propaganda, many Jewish witnesses invented stories so outrageous that the defense attorneys – British officers! – came to accuse them openly as being liars."
- Josef Kramer
- Hadassah Rosensaft - important witness and a founder of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.
- The Real Case for Auschwitz - section 16.4. "Propaganda Takes Shape: Soviet, British, Polish Contributions" and section 17.9. "The Defendants of the Belsen Trial".
- Germar Rudolf. Lectures on the Holocaust—Controversial Issues Cross Examined. http://holocausthandbooks.com/index.php?page_id=15
- Carlo Mattogno. The Real Case for Auschwitz. http://holocausthandbooks.com/index.php?page_id=22