British Torture Camp on German Soil

As the Guardian reports here, the British Combined Services Detailed Interrogation Center at Bad Nenndorf tortured and starved hundreds of detainees, mostly German, between 1945 and 1947. 

A late 1940s British report on the nefarious doings at the camp, including pictures of emaciated detainees, has just now been released, after the Guardian filed a request for its declassification:

The pictures show suspected communists who were tortured in an attempt to gather information about Soviet military intentions and intelligence methods at a time when some British officials were convinced that a third world war was only months away.

Others interrogated at the same prison, at Bad Nenndorf, near Hanover, included Nazis, prominent German industrialists of the Hitler era, and former members of the SS.


At least two men suspected of being communists were starved to death, at least one was beaten to death, others suffered serious illness or injuries, and many lost toes to frostbite.

The Brits conducted an investigation and court-martialled some people, but not particularly severely.  When you look at the pictures, you can see why the British government kept this report secret for 50 years.

One thought on “British Torture Camp on German Soil

  1. It just goes to prove that goodness and fairness is always a struggle and requires effort and dedication; or more slip ups like this one would have occurred. No one ever wrote a book on how to be bad or evil because it wouldn’t sell (it is inherent in mankind), yet many books were written on how to be good because it is a constant struggle. Congratulations and applause should go to a country like Great Britian that continually battles evil and remains good and recognizes when they have made a mistake and publish it.


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