Concentration Camp Life

The Final Solution: By Sean Gilmartin

Routines in camps

The Jews had to go through something called the Appel, every morning and evening they would all be forced to stand still and be exposed to the elements of cold, rain, and snow. it was horrific for them to endure. The camp routine was composed of a long list of orders, usually given to all but sometimes aimed at certain individual prisoners. The daily routine was an early wakeup, arranging the bed’s straw, the lineup, marching to labor, forced labor, the waiting period for the meager daily meal, usually consisting of a watery vegetable soup and half a piece of bread which was insufficient for people working at hard labor, the return to the camp, and another lineup, before retiring to the barracks. They would be consistently beaten for absolutely doing nothing harmless. If they asked for more soup for example they got beat. It was a terrible life to live being inside the concentration camps.

Key people, Dates, Events

The first concentration camps in Germany were established soon after Hitler's appointment as chancellor in January 1933. In the weeks after the Nazis came to power, The SA, the SS, the police, and local civilian authorities organized numerous detention camps to incarcerate real and perceived political opponents of Nazi policy. After the SS gained its independence from the SA in July 1934, in the wake of the Röhm purge, Hitler authorized the Reich SS leader, Heinrich Himmler, to centralize the administration of the concentration camps and formalize them into a system. This key events dates and people played a big role on how the lives of jews were affected.