Sachsehausen Concentration Camp

Trip Start May 24, 2008
Trip End Ongoing

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Flag of Germany  , Brandenburg,
Tuesday, September 30, 2008

So here we are learning again. Today we went to Sachsehausen Concentration Camp and focussed primarily on World War II and it is a blueprint for later concentration and death camps during the second world war. To set the mood the weather on this day was horrible, it was cold, and raining all day and the tour was outdoor. But our tour guide never let the whole tour for even a moment complain about the conditions- he always reminded us and made us aware of how lucky we were to be in those conditions compared to the prisoners who were at the camp. We saw the main gates and a clock above that is set to 11:09am...the time the camp was liberated in 1945 when the war ended. We saw where the prisoners had to do roll call everyday and about the horrible conditions they lived through. We saw a memorial barrack, and a really horrifying Station Z where the guards/nazis literally took prisoners in a murdered them and set it up so that the prisoners thought they were getting a medical check-up! Horrible!
It was a really eye opening and interesting tour- really makes you think about the past and hope that something like the the holocaust will never happen again. The words that our tour guide left us with were "NEVER AGAIN" and that is what we will leave you all with!!
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