by Robert Shlaer

Over the last few months I have been trying to turn up information about the liberation of Bergen-Belsen on April 15, 1945 by the British Army, who in good style did it to the skirl of my instrument, the Highland Pipe. What I don’t know is who the piper or pipers were, and what tunes they might have played on the occasion. When I failed in my first remote attempts over the internet I sent a message to Bruce Hitchings, who runs the Jim Thomson School of Piping and Drumming each summer in Flagstaff, AZ, and who is a force in the Scottish piping world. I thought if anybody could initiate a chain of connection to someone who knew the answers, it would be Bruce.

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