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The horror that shaped gentleman Jim's quiet diplomacy

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Former Ulster Unionist leader Jim Molyneaux, who has died, was a gentleman, a term not always applicable to those who spend their lives in the hurly burly of political life. So one can only imagine the feelings of horror that he felt when he was among the first wave of Allied forces to liberate the notorious Belsen concentration camp.

He later admitted that he was filled with loathing for the Nazis who perpetrated the obscenities of the Holocaust. Those dreadful images no doubt stayed with him throughout his life and influenced his quiet style of politics when others were more prone to inflammatory outbursts.

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