As Hitler saw that Germany wasn’t going to win the war, his goal for the concentration camps were to kill as many prisoners as possible. So he changed Auschwitz from a labor camp into a death camp. The only purpose of a death camp was to exterminate as many prisoners as the Germans possibly could. At a death camp, death was inevitable. They used many different ways to kill the prisoners.
The Jews thought by taking their personal items with them that they'd live through all this and actually live rather than be worked to death. A crematorium is a place where the Nazis would burn the Jews until they were just bone. A gas chamber was another Nazi instrument that they used to kill Jews in. Like the name, they gassed Jews in a chamber which consisted of hydrogen cyanide, carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide. Some interesting things I found in my research was that the Germans did a lot of cruel and inhumane things to the Jews.
With the efficiency of these gas chambers and crematorium the Nazi could mass kill Jews without wasting any extra time. There is no accurate number of deaths at Auschwitz because the “unfit” people at this camp were immediately taken to ‘showers” disguised as gas chambers. These people would then be killed and not registered making it inaccurate to count the deaths at the camp. An estimated 1.1-1.5 million people lost there life at Auschwitz the majority of them Jews. Around 75,000 Poles passed away and about 20,000 Gypsies
These death marches were terrible with the SS chasing the very weakened prisoners with guns and sometimes dogs. If you were to fall behind you would be killed and some died due exhaustion or they just couldn’t run anymore. These death marches would usually lead to trains so the prisoners would be taken to the camps faster. The SS would only take the healthy prisoners and they would leave the sick, disabled, and injured behind to die. Many of the sick would be liberated days later or hours later by the
This shows how casually that SS officer murdered the children and how surprised Elie was when they did it. Another reason is millions of people died, it 's why the Holocaust is greatly remembered. "...allowing them to be tortured, slaughtered, gassed, and burned" (Wiesel 68). This stands out because many Jews died so brutally and they couldn 't do anything to stop it. Which is much more important than fire and night.
The extermination camp in Auschwitz was a camp with large gas chambers that could kill six thousand people per day (Textbook pg. 502-505). Because of Hitler and the Nazis hatred toward Jews and the result of Kristallnacht, the liquidation and extermination of six million Jews occurred. Kristallnacht really made Hitler mad and made him want all Jews dead even more than he already did. The Nazi’s ideology that the Jews should be blamed for political wrongdoings led to this atrocity of the Nazis persecuting the Jews in an effort to eliminate their race.
The SS guards at the camp worked the people relentlessly and once they became too weak to work they killed them in the gas chambers. Undeniably, splitting up families, sending them to gas chambers, and working the prisoners to death is proving that Auschwitz Birkenau was most definitely a
children thrown into flames. This shows us the horrific slaughter house of new-born babies or children being killed and witnessed by million other Jews and it is too horrible and not human like to be true. "never shall I forget" brings sadness, tragic emotions and change in faith. His faith was slaughtered before him with all the terror that was happening in the camps, even though he was still trying to survive he only did it for his dad he did not know what would happen to him or if he will survive the holocaust his faith was just
Because of this, Hitler’s goal was to cleanse Germany of any backstabbing Jews (Growing Fascism in Germany Notes, pg 1). Hitler became impatient while waiting for the Jews to die in the ghettos so he held a conference in Wannsee on January 20, 1942 to decide the next step for purifying Germany. Hitler, along with 15 other scholars, decided to deport all Jews to extermination camps and kill the majority of them in gas chambers. Hitler prohibited the Jews from fleeing the country so he was able to purge the entire population. One of the largest death camps in Germany, Auschwitz, was a result of the Wannsee Conference.
Death marches are not your typical joyful march. It is a sinister word with a sinister meaning, and can still bring shivers to the bone to those who experienced it and had survived. The Holocaust was the persecution of Jews by the Nazis. The Nazis believed that Germans were superior in comparison to other races, especially Jews, and so they built concentration camps to imprison and kill the Jews, homosexuals and other “racial enemies” of the Germans. The Soviets and the Allies, who were the liberators of the prisoners and the enemies of the Nazis, advanced to Germany and started liberating concentration camps, which drove Nazis to evacuate the prisoners.
The fiery altar upon which the history of our people and the future of mankind were meant to be sacrificed.” Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel had experienced this when he was captured by the Nazi and taken to the camps. Concentration camps were probably the most inferior place in the world. Torture did not begin with the camps though. The fear that the Nazis would come for them would eat the Jews lives’ out. Then, when the Nazi captured the Jews, they had to go through the transportation which was another type torment.
These inhumane acts are inevitable in the death camps, it is even expected. When the prisoners in the death camps experience vile acts every day, they are bound to commit them as well, to ensure their survival. This is most expressed in chapter seven, where the son killed his father for a measly piece of bread, only to be killed by other prisoners who were just as starved. The prisoners needed to eat survive and the only way to eat at this time was to kill others to steal their food. This is not ethical or right, but it was the only thing that the prisoners could do to survive.
Lifestyles in Europe had changed too. All the Jewish families were faced the holocaust. They were sent to the concentration camp getting many difficulties from malnutrition and getting killed from the Nazis. Many tried to escape but man had failed. Jews also tried to hide from the Nazis but some got caught from them to concentration camp.suffering and dying from malnutrition and getting killed from the Nazis, trying to escape, hiding from the Nazis who are finding them to take them to the concentration camp.
Buchenwald was a labor camp. It was not an extermination camp like Auschwitz. The Nazis tried to kill as many of the Jews as possible. The prisoners would either work in a stone quarry, or armaments factory until they died from exhaustion or hunger. Many prisoners were beaten to death, or died from hunger and exhaustion.
While execution camps were the most common form of killing non-aryan prisoners, many were killed in concentration camps as well. There is fact that, “Imprisonment in a concentration camp meant inhuman forced labour, brutal mistreatment, hunger, disease, and random executions”. The killing in concentration camps was not always purposeful but the prisoners would die from their living conditions. There were so many people living in a hut that disease spread very quickly and even a common cold would kill hundreds of people at a time. In these camps Nazi soldiers often forgot to feed the prisoners and would rape or kill them for no reason other than the satisfaction.