Travel – Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp

While in Berlin, I booked a tour of the Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp. Sachsenhausen was a Nazi concentration camp in Oranienburg, Germany. Upon booking this tour I really wasn’t sure what to expect but all I knew was that a trip to Berlin would not be complete without visiting this local camp & learning about the history behind it. When people mention Berlin a lot of people instantly think of music, art and especially the Nazi era.

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This is the walkway into the camp.

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This is the original gate to enter the Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp. All of the camps had the same slogan – “Arbeit macht frei” which translates to “work makes (you) free” This detail instantly gave me chills. The people who were brought to the camps did not know where they were going & so this sign was the first thing they saw.

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Remains of the ovens at the gas chambers.

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Execution Trench

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Sachsenhausen Memorial

 About 200,000 people passed through Sachsenhausen between 1936 and 1945. Camp punishment was extremely harsh and 30,000 people died there from exhaustion, disease, malnutrition, pneumonia, etc. due to the poor living conditions. Many were executed or died as the result of brutal medical experimentation. No amount of words could explain what it felt like to walk through the entire camp, see the bathrooms and bunkers still intact, to feel that frigid cold air and just imagine having to stand out there for hours a day. There’s a museum you can explore and you can see the hand written letters, photos of all the prisoners & their uniforms, messages from prisoners that survived and all the original files. I encourage everyone to travel and learn about life and history and see what others have been through. I’ve always appreciated life but visiting this camp made me feel something I have never felt before while travelling. To think that this all occurred only  69 years ago is very surreal.

5 Comments

  1. March 27, 2014 / 6:35 pm

    I went here when I was in Berlin. It was an incredibly moving and thought provoking experience. A concentration camp is something I think everyone should see at some point. It really puts life into perspective.

    • March 27, 2014 / 8:50 pm

      I absolutely agree. It was an experience that you cannot even fully put into words – makes you really think about life in general.

  2. March 27, 2014 / 8:06 pm

    Horrible history of it but I think I still would like to visit this place.

    • March 27, 2014 / 8:55 pm

      The history is terrible! But the experience and learning the background of it is something I def. recommend. it is very eye opening

  3. March 28, 2014 / 11:33 pm

    Thank you for sharing, what an incredibly moving experience that must have been. I still remember how I felt the very first time I learned about these camps. I can’t even imagine how chilling it must be to visit.

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