On 9 April 1945, part of the concentration camp Bergen-Belsen was evacuated. The Allied forces had advanced to positions quite close to the camp. The officers in charge of the camp wanted to move the prisoners to other camps, and herded them into packed cattle trains. For two weeks, the train wound in between the front lines without any destination. On 23 April, it was abandoned at the little town of Tröbitz, near Leipzig, and the remaining passengers were liberated by the Red Army. By this time, about 550 of those on board had died.
German train carrying 2,500 prisoners which wound its way between the front lines for weeks in 1945.