Many prisoners were beaten to death, or died from hunger and exhaustion. They would work 15 hour days of harsh labor. The prisoners were forced to poison experiments, burned, and infected with diseases. The new prisoners that arrived there would be welcomed by an “iron sign” which read, “Jedem das
They would bring in food, illegally, to feed their children. I hate that they had to go through all this trouble and pain, just to get a small meal. It was very dangerous, because smugglers were usually shot on the spot. The rations that they got were only “10% of the human necessity.” But little did they know, their bad situation, which was already killing many of them off, was about to get a lot
All of the other prisoners knew the rules. New prisoners would arrive every other month and other prisoners would be transferred to different camps. The prisoners would eat once a week and that was on Wednesday they would have bread that was rough or soup that was cold. Most of the prisoners die of starvation or they will be killed by the leader of the camp Goliath. He runs the whole thing and the soldiers would beat the prisoners with clubs because either they weren 't working hard enough or they looked to
There were more than 40,000 camps in the years of 1933 and 1945. The camps were used to hurt people, murder them, work for the Nazis, and many more terrible things. In September 1939 the Nazis opened a forced labor camp where many jews were starved, exposure,and being extremely tired. In a few camps they would do medical experiments on the prisoners. Sadly many people died from gas chambers where the prisoners had gas sprayed in there faces to the point of death.
One day, after a long march that the prisoners endured, they ended up in the middle of a field in Poland. After waiting for many hours, a train finally arrived that would be taking them to a new concentration camp. The prisoners were on this train for a total of ten nights in which they faced dreadful and unbearable conditions. Many were weak and dying. However, after a while, the train would stop and the SS would let them throw out people who they thought were dead, and the reactions to this are shown with, “Here’s one [body] take him!
He tries to sleep but has many questions. He’s told to be quiet since other prisoners are trying to sleep. Right when morning hit, every prisoners are to be awake and to be rushed out in the cold to get their bread. The portion is very small. No one is satisfied and full.
The local police were the ones to gather everyone to be sent off to the camps, if someone did not follow or stepped out of line they would then be shot and killed. Not only jews were sent there, but Jews were still the majority of the camps. Others would be people with disorders and disabilities, or people who are homosexual, Polish, captured from the Soviet Union, French, Communist, Socialist, trade unionist, Roma, and common
Some prisoners were killed attempting to escape the camps. Many prisoners would get caught by the guards who were guarding the gates. If a guard saw a prisoner attempting to escape, he would be shot instantly. On February 5, 1945, four hundred men were killed attempting to escape the prisons. During “The Great Escape”, prisoners tried using everything to escape by using things such as empty milk jugs, milk cans, and even each other.
We made it to the convenient store a couple of blocks later and bought the things we needed. When we walked out of the store we looked at what we had in our hands, leftover change, meat, and a loaf of bread. We all had the same idea in mind but it took several minutes for one of us to find the courage to say such a thing. Finally, one of the girls in the group said that we should have lunch with the homeless man and give him the leftover food. I was all for the idea but little did I know about the life changing experience that was coming my
After breakfast, the Jews were lined up in rows of ten and counted. Everyone was required to line up, even dead bodies of victims who died during the night were placed in the rows. If one were to move, fall, or not pay attention, they were executed immediately (even in harsh weather conditions.) After being counted, everyone marched to their work stations. When prisoners arrived to their work, they were tormented by guards.