Concentration Camp Deaths

By: Daniel Hamaker

Concentration Camps

All of the world's wars are awful, but WWII was arguably the worst. WWII began because of a man called Adolf Hitler who created what would be called the Holocaust.The Holocaust put many different types of people in horrible danger. A part of the Holocaust was concentration camps, to which many people were sent to and killed. While over sixty million people died, very few managed to escape. Even though many people only focused on execution by gas deaths. There were also a major problem with the living conditions of the concentration camps such as the food, sleeping conditions and the harsh work they went through. There were many deaths because of the lack of nutrients in the food, when they got food.


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Quality of Food

One of the awful conditions at concentration camps was the quality of the food. Starvation sickness was common because of the lack of food. Each day they got a piece of bread weighing 300 grams to last them through the morning. They were fed this twice a day and it became so rare that food became a kind of currency. This barely let the prisoner slip by alive. Diarrhea became so common that there was a Diarrhea Ward, which is where you were sent when you got it. There probably was not a prisoner that you couldn’t see their bones because of the lack of food. Food was just one of many problems, but it was not the only problem.

Sleeping Conditions

One of the awful conditions at concentration camps was the quality of the food. Starvation sickness was common because of the lack of food. Each day they got a piece of bread weighing 300 grams to last them through the morning. They were fed this twice a day and it became so rare that food became a kind of currency. This barely let the prisoner slip by alive. Diarrhea became so common that there was a Diarrhea Ward, which is where you were sent when you got it. There probably was not a prisoner that you couldn’t see their bones because of the lack of food. Food was just one of many problems, but it was not the only problem.

Work

People were put to hard work that many people couldn’t handle. Sometimes they made them run up stairs just to kill them. But they mainly put them to cruel work to help the soldiers. There was a large variety of prisoners put to work. Some were prisoners of war, and some were jews and many other religions and races. They had very little time to sleep and more than half their day was spent working. The soldiers were ruthless and never let up when it came to work.


All in all, there were so many different reasons for death and some were so exotic that it was surprising that it was possible. How were the soldiers able to even watch this kind of suffering? It was because they were to selfish or scared to do otherwise.