Nimmo, Sir John Angus (CBE, QC b.1909 - d.1999)

Place Europe: Germany, Belsen
Accession Number 3DRL/3958
Collection type Private Record
Record type Collection
Measurement Extent: 1 cm; Wallet/s: 1
Object type Papers
Maker Nimmo, John Angus
Date made 1945
Access Open
Related File This file can be copied or viewed via the Memorial’s Reading Room. AWM315 749/076/017
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945
Copying Provisions Copying is permitted for the purposes of research and study, subject to physical condition
Source credit to This item has been digitised with funding provided by Commonwealth Government.

Paper titled, “I was at Belsen”, written by Sir John Nimmo CBE QC, who visited the Nazi concentration camp in April 1945 as officer-in-charge of the Australian Recovery Unit. The purpose of Nimmo’s visit was to learn about the medical treatment for people suffering from starvation and malnutrition with a view to having the right foods available for Australian prisoners of war and civilian internees on their release from Japanese prison camps. Dated 2 October 1945, Nimmo delivered the paper as an address at the Wesley Church in Melbourne shortly after his return to Australia. The collection also includes notes prepared by the Commander of 102 Control Section, British Second Army, after liberating Belsen on 15 April 1945. The three pages of notes are dated 18 May 1945 and provide some statistics on the number of inmates and deaths.

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