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Matthew Nesbitt, a Canadian citizen and a professional baseball player prior to World War II, was a sergeant in the Royal Canadian Air Force when Bergen-Belsen was liberated. Nesbitt was placed in command of a unit of fourteen volunteers who traveled to the camp to provide food and medical aid. Faced with a huge population of inmates, guards and officers, Nesbitt's small unit enlisted the help of the more able-bodied inmates to tend to the needs of survivors. At the time of his interview on August 7, 1980, Nesbitt was a resident of Decatur, Georgia, employed in public relations.