Buchenwald Essay

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Buchenwald ‘Escape was and our goal since it was so unrealistic. What we wanted was to survive, to live long enough to tell the world what happened at Buchenwald’ -Jack Werber. Buchenwald was a deadly concentration camp that killed at least 43,000 people. Buchenwald is full of the unanticipated and as all concentration camps unforgettable suffering. Ever since it was constructed on July 16, 1937, Buchenwald’s purpose was to imprison opponents. Buchenwald was divided into three parts- the large camp which housed prisoners with some seniority, the small camp were prisoners were kept in quarantine, and the tent camp set up for Polish prisoners sent there after the German invasion of Poland. The first group of prisoners consisting of 149 prisoners, were mostly political detainees and criminals, was brought to the site. The German Jews that arrived in 1938 were subjected to extraordinary cruel treatment, working for fourteen to fifth-teen hours a day and enduring abominable living conditions. Hitler thought that these people were a problem, and what does he do with problems? He imprisons and destroys them. (H.E.A.R.T) Buchenwald contains amenities for the SS that one wouldn’t think a concentration camp would have. There was a zoo created for the delight of the SS. families, it was also a source of contentment among inmates. There would be many amenities at…show more content…
The camp authorities deployed Buchenwald prisoners in German Equipment works such as; in camp workshops, and the camps stone quarry. Other than the forced labor there were many undeserved deaths. Of the detainees 600 were killed, committed suicide, or other conditions. They also had horrible living conditions, given little food, and were daily worked and beaten. Pain for the enemies was the SS. goal, but did the prisoners pain help them win the war? All they won was never ending fear of the prisoners. (H.E.A.R.T., Holocaust
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