IT WAS “the most horrible” day of his life and the most shocking broadcast of the Second World War. Millions listening in Britain could hear the horror in Richard Dimbleby’s voice as he stepped past the bodies on the ground at the liberated Belsen concentration camp.However, nowhere in the report was there any mention of the fact that most of the victims were Jews.
“It was, I think, because the BBC needed more sources to support what had happened to the Jews, and worries that, if you mentioned one group of people and not others, it might seem biased or wrong.”
“I know my father was utterly devastated from talking later to a couple of others with him then. But I can’t recall a single sentence he uttered about the war to me.”
In April this year, 70 years after the liberation of Belsen, his son talked to a Jewish group in Manchester: “They said my father was a real hero to them for what he had revealed to the world.”