When you are going to a camp for school, with friends or with family, you think that you are going to have a tent with mate, or share a descent size cabin. You also think you will have food supplied by the owners of the camp or have food supplied by your parents. You’re also thinking to relax by the fire, and watch the stars at night. But in concentration camps, this does not happen! Instead of relaxing by the fire and watching the stars at night, you are watching Jewish children, women and men being cremated alive, believing in what they believe, being burnt to bits right through to the Jewish symbol of the star. I’m here to inform you about Concentration camps during the time of World War 2, how Jewish people were treated in the camps and some general information on the camps.
Between December 1941 and the summer of 1942 (of Europe), six death camps were set up in Poland. 2 of those 6 death camps were labour and prison camps to which gas chambers were added. These 2 death camps were named Auschwitz and Majdanek. 3 of the 6 camps were Belzec, Sobibor and Treblinka which were made specially to kill the Jews as soon as they arrived. When the Jews would arrive at these death camps, they would have no idea what was going to happen to them. The sixth and final death camp was Chlemno. Chlemno was a bit different, because they used specially adapted vans that had poisonous exhaust fumes that would go back inside the van to kill all the Jews. The only few Jews that were not killed, buried the dead in the forest of Chlemno. About 400,000 Jews were gassed in the vans, and was the beginning of the deaths of the Jews out the 6 camps. All of these camps were usually close to railway lines so they could transfer in large numbers.
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Auschwitz death camp was one of the main death camps in the country. It was the main killing centre for Europe’s remaining Jews. Gypsies and homosexuals were also sent there to be killed. The area of the camp was enormously big with an area of 10km by 5km on farmland. The original Auschwitz camp was built in 1940, and was designated a work camp for Jews and prisoners so they could be kept under custody. The location of Auschwitz was chosen at that particular location because the railway links with other parts of Europe. As Jews would arrive at Auschwitz, there would usually be doctors on the platform determining their physic. The doctors were to organise 2 lines/groups for the arriving Jews. One line was filled with relatively strong and fit young men and women, which then they became slave labour for the Nazis. Or they would go to the line of children, elderly men and elderly women, who then would die in the first 2 hours of their arrival of the camp. As the Jews arrived at the camp, they were forced to have the Jewish symbol of the golden star stitched on their coats, as a mark of their Jewish identity. Also all the men and the women who were not selected to be killed were registered and was given a tattoo on the arm with a number.
In the 6 death camps, there were about 30 high ranking members of the SS in charge of each of the camps. The members of the SS were basically protection squads, and were originally bodyguards for important Nazis. There were also ordinary guards which had about 90 guards per camp. The jobs of the guards were obviously to guard the prisoners, but also to make the place seem normal. Such as the gas chambers and the crematoria, which were kept far away from each other. They were hidden behind the trees, and the dead bodies were covered by the flower beds and the bush.
The transportation to the camps for the Jews was no relax time for them. They were locked inside the cattle cars with no food, no water, barely any air to breathe in, and very crowded. There would be people begging for food and water for exchange of their money and jewellery.
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The camps plan wasn’t just to kill the Jews, it was also a business for the Nazis, and like every other business, you’re in it to make some profit. Women’s hair was shaved and used for mattresses and to knit socks. Gold fillings were melted into gold bars and the victim’s clothes and shoes were given to German families. A lot of the personal items of the Jews were taken by the Nazis such as whole massive box full of wedding rings. Prisoners, who had a certain skill in the workforce such as carpentry or a metal worker, were used in many factories in the camps. Many German companies and businesses used the slave labour that was available at the camps. When the Jews went off in the ghetto, their home, job and business were there to take over my either the Nazis or German families.
In the outset of all these camps, Auschwitz was definitely the most crucial in all elements. It’s very sad to have had these camps in our history and that it had killed a massive mass of Jews. But it is also very interesting, and as humans, we learn of it, and learn off it.