Concentration Camps

Within the walls of a concentration camp, Jews, Communists, Revisionists, and anyone else who opposed the Nazi Party.

Just a Normal Day

A normal day in a concentration camp would start out at 4:00 am, then move into "breakfast" (which included 10 ounces of bread and some coffee), after breakfast it was morning roll call which everyone must attend to even those who died in the night must be present. After wards the prisinors break off into their work groups and SS members rush them off to their work site for the day. After which the prisinors start their work day(which can be a 12-14 hour day, it can be even longer), if you were lucky you got to use a tool to work with other  wise you had to use your hands, some of the prisinors got to work in the factory which was not any better of life because the guards would work everyone so hard, until they had no energy left in the work day. Lunch breaks were always giving sometime during the middle of the day, but it did not last that long and the rations given out for lunch was always very little. After the lunch break they would get back to work and this was indicated by a whistle being blown by an SS officer. Another whistle is blown to indicate that the work day is over, anyone who had died during the day had to be carried back to the camp for evening roll call(the bodies would later be put into the crematorium after roll call, this was for both morning and evening roll calls). After roll call it was time for dinner, which was always some form of soup, and a small piece of bread, the purpose of lining everyone up for dinner was so that the kapos and the SS officers could beat and possible kill more prisinors. After dinner was done all of the prisinors would go back to the barracks, and you were not allowed to leave durring the night, you had to share a bunk bed with four other prisinors, which had to share one blanket, and the blockfuerher who was in charge of the barracks would sometimes call "fun" time where they would have you run, crawl, jump or do what ever they wanted until you were so tired you could not sleep. Then the same thing would happen the next day.

Durring the time of the Holocaust(1933-1945) over six million Jews were exterminated, by gas chamber, execution squads, worked to death, or experimented on by German Scientists. After a person died within one of the many concentration camps, the bodies were disposed of like they were nothing, as seen above in the picture, the bodies are either being pushed to a mash grave of to the entrance to a crematorium. Sometimes the Nazi's would have the prisinors in the camps, dig mass graves then they would shoot the workers digging the grave, then burn them, sometimes they would still be alive while they were being burned. Another thing the Nazi's would do is they would have prisinors in the camp to bring their fellow brothers, wives, children to where ever the Nazi's wanted to dispose of them.

Gas Chambers

The gas chambers where introduced later during the Nazi reign, they were only placed in certain Concentration Camps. They would usually be packed full with the inhabitants of the camp. The Nazi would usually get rid of a whole barrack building at once. So this included, Men, Woman, Children who ever was living in the barracks. If you were sent to Auschwitz, they had five crematoriums which held around two "bunkers" each(the "bunkers" where actually the gas chambers or gas showers). The Nazi would use gas pellets(Zyklon B Gas) dissolved in water to exterminate the people at the death camps. Auschwitz-Birkenau was the largest and most deadly of all the Death Camps. When you first arived at the death camps you would go through a selection process to get rid of the week who could not work and get rid of any kids younger than the aged of thirteen, because the Nazi believed that anyone younger than the age of thirteen could not work their fore to the Nazi had no use to them.

Death Camps Vs. Concentration Camp

The difference between the two camps is that the death camps(also known as extermination camps) were built for the single purpose of the mass killings of the Jewish population and another "unwanted people". "Concentration camps, on the other hand, had a number of purposes, among these to work as reformatory facilities, “punishment camps”, POW camps, transit camps, etc. But the concentration camps did not work directly as extermination sites."( All though the concentration camps did not work directly in mass killings, prisinors in these camps were worked to death.

A Walk Through One Of The Camps

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