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The testimony of Helen Bamber

As a young girl growing up in London in the 1930s, Helen Bamber was all too aware of the nightmare unfolding in Nazi Germany. Her father, a Jew of Polish extraction who spoke fluent German, would tune in nightly to Radio Berlin to monitor the latest outpouring of hate.

His anguish, and the determined efforts he made through his work as an accountant for a firm with German connections to help those trying to flee, had a profound effect on his daughter.

When the full horror of the "Final Solution" started to emerge at the end of World War Two, Helen, aged 20, immediately volunteered for work in Belsen concentration camp, helping rehabilitate surviving inmates.