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The Irish doctor who rescued kids from Belsen

Seventy-five years after the liberation of the Nazi death camp, Clodagh Finn tells the remarkable story of Bob Collis, the Killiney doctor who brought five orphans back to Ireland

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Gifted writer: Dr Bob Collis and Zoltan arriving in Ireland in 1946

Gifted writer: Dr Bob Collis and Zoltan arriving in Ireland in 1946

 Zoltan and fellow Belsen survivor Suzi

Zoltan and fellow Belsen survivor Suzi

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Gifted writer: Dr Bob Collis and Zoltan arriving in Ireland in 1946

As a team of Irish doctors approached Bergen-Belsen, the Nazi concentration camp liberated 75 years ago this week, they became aware of "a disquieting aroma" that came to them in wafts, gradually filling the air in the truck around them.

"It was the Belsen smell of death and decay," paediatrician and former rugby international Dr Bob Collis later wrote in his autobiography To Be a Pilgrim.


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