The Holocaust was a very rough time. In the camps, the Jews were tortured, killed, and treated like slaves. Jews were forced to work constantly and received no gratitude Do you think you could survive the Nazi Concentration Camps?
Between the years 1933 and 1945 more than 3.5 million Germans would be forced to spend time in these concentration camps or prison for political reasons, and approximately 77,000 Germans were executed for one or another form of resistance by Special courts, courts martial, and the civil justice system. The term was borrowed from the British concentration camps of the Second Anglo-Boer War. Holocaust scholars draw a distinction between concentration camps, and extermination camps, which were established for the industrial-scale murder of the predominantly Jewish ghetto and concentration camp populations (Hoffmann).
What happened in these harsh camps?
After 1939, with the beginning of the Second World War, concentration camps increasingly became places where the enemies of the Nazis were enslaved, starved, tortured and killed. During the War, concentration camps for “undesirables” spread throughout Europe. New camps were created near centers of dense “undesirable” populations, often focusing on areas with large communities of Jews, Polish intelligentsia, Communists or Roma. Since millions of Jews lived in pre-war Poland, most camps were located in the area of General Government in occupied Poland for logistical reasons. It also allowed the Nazis to transport the German Jews outside of the German main territory (Drash).
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What happened to these “undesirables”?
Many of the prisoners died in the concentration camps through deliberate maltreatment, disease, starvation, and overwork, or were executed as unfit for labor. Prisoners were transported in inhumane conditions by rail freight cars, in which many died before reaching their destination. The prisoners were confined to the rail cars for days or even weeks, with little or no food or water. Many died of dehydration in the intense heat of summer or froze to death in winter. Conditions were brutal and prisoners were often sent to the gas chambers or killed if they did not work quickly enough. Towards the end of the war, the camps became sites for medical experiments. Eugenics experiments, freezing prisoners to determine how downed pilots were affected by exposure and experimental and lethal medicines were all tried at various camps. Female prisoners were routinely raped and degraded in the camps (“The Experiences of Women During the Holocaust”).
What happened to the Concentration Camps?
Though most Nazi concentration and extermination camps were destroyed after the war, some were made into permanent memorials. In Communist Poland, some camps such as Majdanek, Jaworzno, Potulice and Zgoda were used to hold German Prisoners of War, suspected Nazis and collaborators, anti-Communists and other political prisoners, as well as civilian members of the German and Ukrainian ethnic minorities. Currently, there are memorials to both camps in Potulice; they have helped to enable a German-Polish discussion on historical perception of World War II. In East Germany (Buchenwald and Sachsenhausen), concentration and extermination camps were used for similar purposes. Dachau concentration camp was used as a prison for arrested Nazis (“Zionism” page 304).
After hearing the terrible conditions of the Holocaust, do you think that you could’ve gone through any of that? Honestly, I know that I could never have survived. I feel for the poor “undesirables” that were killed or even put through any of this. No person should ever have to go through this type of pain and suffering, the Nazis deserved every bit of their punishments.
Albert Speer’s contribution to the Nazi war effort started well before the declaration of war. His work for the Nazi regime aided Adolf Hitler in lifting the morale of the German people and consolidating Nazi power which was determined to engage in armed conflict. Speer was an accomplished architect and a highly efficient organiser. Hitler addressed Berlin’s university students at a Berlin ...