Liberation train

Liberation train

On April 13, 1945, a train with 2,500 Jewish prisoners from the German concentration camp Bergen-Belsen, including some 700 children, was liberated by American soldiers from the 30th Infantry Division of the Ninth U.S. Army near the city of Magdeburg, Germany, at the town Farsleben.

Most of the survivors were from Hungary, Poland, the Netherlands, and Greece, among other countries.

Two American soldiers were among the liberators of this train and now live in Florida. One of them was a tank commander and the other an infantry liaison officer who helped lead the survivors to safety and provided them with food and medical care.

Today we know of about 220 survivors who were children then and who are scattered throughout the world who have been contacting their liberators and telling them “thank you.”

We are asking survivors of the train to contact Frank Towers, a member of M Company, 120th Infantry Regiment of the 30th Infantry Division, by e-mail at

Varda Weisskopf

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