Nazi Concentration Camps
Logan Wiser 1st
Prisoners in Nazi Germany
Most prisoners were locked up in close quarters.
Survivors of Nazi Camps
After the war, many of the prisoners were very skinny from their lack of food.
Horror of Concentration Camps
in concentration camps, sanitation was very poor because after the Nazi's killed a prisoner, they would leave them where they died to rot.
Survivors of Nazi Camps
Auschwitz was the largest Nazi Concentration camp, and was opened in 1940. This camp was one of the many " death camps " and consisted of gas chambers and many soldiers. death camps had one main goal, kill the prisoners they received as fast as possible, through things like the gas chamber or just in cold blood. These gas chambers were large rooms that held many people. Nazi soldiers would lead a set of prisoners into this chamber, strip them of their clothes and then release a toxic gas killing everyone in this room in minutes. When everyone was dead inside, the soldiers would make other prisoners collect the bodies of their friends or sometimes even family. More than one million Jewish prisoners died at Auschwitz. A large majority of these deaths did not come from murder through the Nazi's but from the lack of sanitation at these camps which caused disease to break out. towards the end of the war, Soviet soldiers influtrated this camp and took it over forcing many Nazi soldiers to lead over 60,000 prisoners to other Nazi concentration camps.
Other Facts to Know
- over 50% of the death were Jewish
- typhus was the main cause of death in Nazi Germany
- Bergen-Belsen held Anne Frank and was her final resting place who had just recently left Auschwitz after their mother died
- Arbeit Macht Frei - a phrase meaning, “work sets you free”, and was hung at the entrance of many Concentration camps including Auschwitz and Bergen-Belsen
- over 11 million people died during this Nazi period, and mos of these deaths occuried at Auschwitz
- some workers at Auschwitz were later convicted of war crimes
"Auschwitz Facts." Auschwitz Facts. SoftSchools,. Web. 07 Feb. 2016. <http://www.softschools.com/facts/world_history/auschwitz_facts/1379/>.
http://www.history.com/topics/world-war-ii/auschwitz - these websites are published by the jewish virtual library and the History organization and holds a lot of information about the holocaust time period. This website gives more in debt on the topic of concentration camps like Auschwitz and Bergen-Belsen and other topics concering the Holocaust, Nazi Germany, or other points in World War 2.