|As much as we might complain about how brutal
life is, few experiences compare to that of the Jew during the Holocaust.
until their death or escape, prisoners' lives were characterized by
mistreatment and suffering.
There were two types of camps under the Nazis
rule. The slave labor concentration camps where inmates were placed
under harsh working conditions and starvation. The others were the actual
death camps whose sole purpose was for the annihilation of the Jewish population
and any other "enemy" of the Nazis.
Between 1933 and 1936 thousands of people mostly
political prisoners, German Gypsies and Jehovah's Witnesses were sent to
concentration camps. But it was not until after Kristallnacht,
that 30,000 Jewish men were deported to Dachau
and other concentration camps.
On September 1, 1939 Germany invaded Poland and
World War II began. Thousands of Poles including Jews were imprisoned in
As the War began in 1939 Hitler ordered the killing
of institutionalized, handicapped patients deemed "incurable". After public
protest the Nazi continued the
program in secret. The euthanasia
program contained all the elements later required for mass murder of Jews
in Nazi death camps.
In the months following the invasion of the Soviet
Union, Jews, and political leaders, Communists, and Gypsies were killed
in mass executions. During the war many new camps were built to accommodate
the need for more space. Between 1942 and 1944 the Germans moved to eliminate
the ghettos in occupied Poland and elsewhere deporting ghetto residents
to death camps to be murdered. Millions
of Jews were murdered through the death camps and poor living conditions
that they faced. The following pages will attempt to give you a general
idea of what the people had to endure.
accounts from the people who suffered through the worst of the camps.
What would you do facing the difficult situations
involved with camps?
concentration camps and death camps throughout Europe
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