Tuesday, 19 May 2015

The Queen, The Daily Express, Bergen-Belsen, and an inappropriate photograph

The Queen and Prince Philip will go on a State Visit to Germany next month.  During the course of the visit, they will pay a visit to Bergen-Belsen, the infamous former concentration camp in Germany.  When it was liberated by Allied troops in April 1945, they found horrific scenes: thousands of bodies and half-dead, starved prisoners.  The film images taken are some of the most poignant and shocking reminders of Nazi cruelty.

I am glad the Queen is visiting.  We need to remember Bergen-Belsen and what happened there.  Visits by someone like the Queen help to keep this place in the public consciousness.  Rightly, the news that they will visit is being reported.  The Daily Express ran an article about it.  But, for some reason, they saw fit to attach this picture at the head of the article:

I find myself at a loss to explain this. At best, it is laughably inappropriate.  At worst, it is grossly insensitive.  I have copied the picture to paste it here, as I expect someone at the Express will have the sense to change it.  The article can be found here: http://www.express.co.uk/news/royal/578009/Queen-visit-Bergen-Belsen-concentration-camp

I hope the Express apologises.  I doubt they will.

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