Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church
One experience that was very important to me while we were in Europe was visiting a Nazi camp in person. We went to Sachsenhausen which is about 45 minutes outside of Berlin.
Disclaimer: The rest of this post contains pictures and stories about the Sachsenhausen concentration camp. I felt like it was important for these things to be seen and heard and given the reverence it deserves. There are nearly 60 pictures, this post is quite long and some of the material is disturbing. I encourage you to take the time to read some of the stories and view the pictures and think about them.
I believe this drawing was made by a prisoner.
Entrance to the camp. They were first brought to the rooms above the arch where they were stripped of all their belongings. Next, they walked through the gate and were "welcomed" by this:
Translated to English it means "Work Brings Freedom" - a cruel joke
Inside the camp
Wall and guard towers
Men were hung where other prisoners could see for humiliation and to teach other prisoners a lesson.
The pit where bodies were collected. Men were lined up along the perimeter then shot. A bulldozer was used to remove the bodies.
After some time, the Nazis were looking for more efficient means to murder the prisoners. Many methods were tried and tested at Sachsenhausen before being disseminated to the extermination camps. Here is what remains of their murder machine:
A few plots of grass are known mass graves. They were marked with these memorials.
This was one of the most disturbing parts of the camp. Although some of the things I told you are very disturbing this is, to me, probably the most disturbing. This was the room where many science experiments, pre and post mortem, were performed. It was surreal as we were standing in this nearly all-white room. The tile, tables, glass, everything original and left the way it was while it was in use. Very eerie and somber.
This is morgue. The floor was very stained.
Ramp used to remove bodies.
The hallway was so short, Richard had to duck far down.
More memorials and mass-graves: