The Concentration Camps The main entrance of Auschwitz

Download 19.42 Kb.
Size19.42 Kb.
The Concentration Camps

The main entrance of Auschwitz (Beit Lohamei Haghettao)

Why didn’t Hitler just kill the Jews? Why did he actually need concentration camps?

Why did they let the Jews into hospitals? Why didn’t they just kill them when they were weak?
Why didn’t they send all the Jews to the camps at once? Why take it slowly and separately?
What is the difference between death camps and other concentration camps?
Who was taken to the camps?

What did they do to prisoners at the camps?

At the start of the war the Germans held homosexuals, socialists, Communists, and Gypsies in forced labor camps; they made them work in the Germans factories and they also sent them to extermination camps to try to exterminate all the Jews because Hitler and the Nazi Amy thought that they were superior then them and that all the Arians were the master race. The Arians were Hitler’s of blonde hair blue eyed people who he thought was the best race. These so called camps were called concentration camps because they were concentrated in one single place. After the night of broken glass the Germans captured large numbers of Jews and rounded them to these concentration camps. Many Jews died from starvation and dehydration the Germans also experimented with the Jews in horrible ways.

Back to top

They were let in because the hospitals were not entirely hospitals. They were a place were the sick stayed until they were either healthy enough to get back to work, died in their beds, or were chosen to be taken to the crematories and their death. The selections for the crematories were much more common in the hospitals, as that is where the weakest were often found. Even though they were cared for, that is only because they might become strong enough, and last long enough, to get back to work.

Back to top

It was likely that transportation was limited. Even with how stuffed the trains were, they could not fit everyone in at once. As for walking, it would probably take too long to get there, and it would take too much food for the soldiers that were taking them there, increasing the cost to transport them. The guard, though probably smaller than a march would consist of, was still there, though, shooting whoever tried to escape. With the limitations, it was impossible to move all the thousands to camps at once.

Back to top

Concentration camps were more like prison and work places, even though many were still killed there. The death camps were created almost solely for the purpose of storing people to kill, then actually killing them. Also, the number of concentration camps was much greater due to the fact that they actually kept people there for extended periods of time. Death camps were fewer in number because, once you got there, you were going to die very soon.

"...That we must never forgive would seem to follow from the same stern logic. For if we forgive, it will be a sign to those in the future that they can act without fear of punishment, and that the world has a moral escape valve labeled 'forgiveness' that permits evil not only to survive but to thrive...Forgiveness becomes a 'weak' virtue, one that Christians seem particularly prone to champion, and one that always carries the possibility of condoning, rather than constricting, the spread of evil."

Robert McAfee Brown

Back to top
Jews were the main force taken to the camps. Many other religions, groups, races, and others were brought to these camps with them. Among them were homosexuals, gypsies, the disabled, Jehovah’s Witnesses, communists, socialists, blacks, and some Slavic people. They were taken for no reasons other than their traditions. However, occasionally a person would commit a crime, and that person would be sent to a camp as well.

Deportation from the Westerbork transit camp. The Netherlands, 1943-1944.

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

November 09,07

"We who lived in concentration camps can remember the men who walked through the huts comforting others, giving away their last piece of bread. They may have been few in number, but they offer sufficient proof that everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of human freedoms - to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances - to choose one's own way."
Victor Frankl

Back to top

They performed experiments on them and overworked them, killing them mercilessly at whatever point they chose. They were not even treated as prisoners. They were treated as they would trash. They fed them, but little, and they were killed if they did not follow orders, or, when in a hard working group, work hard enough. They were often looked upon as racially inferior due to the Nazi ways. All prisoners were required to wear a badge on their uniform which stated what they are (Jewish, foreign, etc.) and why they are there. Sometimes, a prisoner would see or do something he or she was not supposed to, and was not killed for it. These people were whipped and beaten for whatever happened, even if it was not their fault. Overall, they were cruel to the prisoners.

"For your benefit, learn from our tragedy. It is not a written law that the next victims must be Jews."
Simon Wiesenthal
Back to top

Works Cited

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. October 25, 2007. The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. November 9, 2007. last accessed November 9, 2007.

Share with your friends:

The database is protected by copyright © 2020
send message

    Main page