The Final Solution

Concentration Camp Life and Atrocities

Camp Life

The concentration camps were established around 1933, and continued until 1945. There were an estimated 20,000 camps to imprison millions of victims. They quickly became a way for SS officers and Nazi soldiers to carry out their plans of mass murder of the Jewish people, along with other minority groups. The prisoners in these camps were forced to perform rigorous and laborious tasks to help serve the German war effort. They were given insufficient food and the camps were the worst possible conditions. When these prisoners were unable to perform these tasks, or they proved themselves useless to the Germans, they were sent to Gas Chambers within the camps.

“What are you talking about, ‘life’?” she says. “Existence. There’s no ‘life.’ ”

When Meta Doran, a Holocaust survivor, was asked what every day life life was like in these Concentration Camps.
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The entrance to the camp Auschwitz, one of the largest death camps during the time of WWII.
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Containers of the poison gas used to kill prisoners at the death camps.

Link to an interview conducted by NPR about life in the Concentration Camps

Works Cited

"Nazi Camps." United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. United States Holocaust Memorial Council, 18 Aug. 2015. Web. 10 Dec. 2015.

PRZYBYS, JOHN. "Holocaust Survivor Describes Life in Nazi Concentration Camps." Las Vegas Review-Journal. N.p., 25 Jan. 2014. Web. 10 Dec. 2015.

"Containers of poison gas found after World War II." Photos/Illustrations. USHMM/Archiwum Akt Nowych. World History: The Modern Era. ABC-CLIO, 2015. Web. 16 Dec. 2015.

"Auschwitz." Photos/Illustrations. Corel. World History: The Modern Era. ABC-CLIO, 2015. Web. 16 Dec. 2015.