Sachsenhausen – Part 1

For our last destination of day 2, Lars and I went to Oranienburg.

The city is located to the north of Berlin and is especially known for the Sachsenhausen concentration camp, whose remains have now been turned into a museum. It was built in 1936 and served initially as a camp for political prisoners. During the course of World War II, Sachsenhausen developed into an extermination camp, with living conditions comparable to those of for example Auschwitz.

In spring 1945, when the Russians were approaching Berlin, the Germans forced more than 30.000 inmates to a death march. Most of these people died of exhaustion or illness or were executed. About 3.000 inmates who had been left in the camp were liberated by the Polish and the Russians afterwards.

Unfortunately, after World War II, Oranienburg found itself in the Russian zone. The Russians turned the former concentration camp into a “special camp”; most prisoners were ex-Nazis, anti-communists and Russian collaborators. In total 60.000 prisoners stayed in the camp, which was closed in 1950. 12.ooo of them had died mainly because of the very bad living conditions.

Today I publish pictures in black and white.

 

2 Comments

  • Imelda June 19, 2013 at 3:02 am

    Black and white enhanced the atmosphere of these photos. Knowing what the structures were for, I got chills just by looking at your photos.

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    • Ingrid D. June 19, 2013 at 3:12 pm

      That is the effect I was looking for …

      Reply

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