Belzec concentration camp The Belzec concentration camp was built mainly to kill the Jews. Belzec started as a labor camp in April 1940. It was built for the extermination of the Jews. It was the first Nazi camp with stationary gas chambers. Belzec had two sections of the camp.
The majority of camps were built at the Nazis climax, which was 1939(Strahinich 32). The Jews did not really start being placed in concentration camps until 1934. The reason for this is because that is when the SS got its independence from the SA, which meant the SS could do more of what the Nazis asked them to do(CONCENTRATION). The concentration camps were awful. The prisoners were forced to do a useless and hard task.
The camp was originally planned to house 2,000-4,000 prisoners that were mostly from the ghetto in Krakow, but there ended up to be about 25,000 prisoners housed. Plaszow was divided into various different sections that were surrounded by two rows of an electrified barbed-wire fence. Guards patrolled in between the two barbed-wire fences. The different sections of the camp included: living quarters for men and a seperate one for women, industrial, storage sections, living quarters for the quarters for the guards, the camp’s headquarters and the sanitary buildings. There were several men and women living quarters throughout Plaszow which were located further to the South of the camp.
Chapter Three Case Study (Sachsenhausen Memorial and Museum Site) 3.1 Brief Overview The memorial and museum of the former concentration camp of Sachsenhausen forms the single case study adopted in this research. Sachsenhausen concentration camp was built in the summer of 1936. The location of the camp made it one of the most famous camps as it is situated in Oranienburg, north of the Reich's capital of Berlin. This site was chosen for numerous reasons: • Its proximity to the residence place of the researcher which facilitated visiting the location multiple times. • The significant historical context of the camp during the Nazi era and after its liberation is another reason for this selection.
Hitler loathed the Jews so he detained them and eventually lynched them up. Over 6 million Jews died in the holocaust and hardly any lived. In this essay, it’s going to explain about how the concentration camps started and what it was like to live in one. Concentration camps opened in March 1933, They were first intended for interred political opponents such as communists, social democrats and others who have been convicted in a court of law. The Nazis founded their first concentration camp, Dachau, in the wake of Hitler's takeover of power in 1933.
It was hard to find a spot for each person so the Nazis used places like Theresienstadt to keep them together until they were later moved to killing centers, concentration camps, or forced labor camps. Another purpose Theresienstadt served was to be used as a ghetto-labor camp. At one of these places, the prisoners would be classified by their background, where they were from, and their mental health. From here, they would be either put to work based on their abilities or transported if they weren’t necessary for the needs of the Nazis. Theresienstadt served one last purpose which was to be used to make the world perceive it as a nice place for Jewish people to resettle.
1-3) The next location in Auschwitz that he was brought to was called the Crematorium where he would have the generators declickered; the dead dragged to ovens for cremation, coke had to be brought in; ashes had to be raked out, and finally the Crematorium had to be cleaned and disinfected. (Pg. 100). While in Auschwitz II-Birkenau extermination camp he talk about how on his first day he engaged in levelling a large mound of earth. (Pg.
“We received no food. We lived on snow; it took the place of the bread.” (Wiesel pg 100) For every individuals hair that is kept in the case at the memorial museum in Auschwitz, needs a voice. These human beings were killed in horrible dehumanizing ways. They were ordered to either the gas chambers or the crematorium; or they died because of their bad health. “We did not know, as yet, which was the better side, right or left, which road led to prison and which led to the crematorium” (Wiesel pg 32) Innocent people were tricked into walking right into the gas chambers.
If prisoners had money they were able to buy goods. Prisoners thought that maybe their life's would be the same as usual. Surprisingly, the Nazi's left some hope for the people to survive. The Dutch government established a camp at Westerbork in October 1939 to intern Jewish refugees who entered the
Today anything is allowed. Anything is possible, even with these crematories…”(Wiesel 15). This quote showcases the absence of humanity in concentration camps. The Nazis valued the lives of the Jews so little that they threw the Jews into fires and gas chambers without any regard that those were human lives. The prisoners were denied of their basic human right, life.