Concentration Camps Throughout The Era Of The Nazi Government

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Throughout the era of the Nazi government, most Jewish people were unaware of the existence of Concentration Camps. Between 1933 and 1945, Nazi Germany established almost 40,000 camp’s used to imprison millions of victims. Amongst those 40,000 camps were Buchenwald, Dachau, Sobibor, Bergen-Belsen, and of course, Auschwitz-Birkenau, all of which are the camp’s most students learn about in any world history class.
In his book “Night” Ellie Wiesel tells the reader about his first hand experiences in a concentration camp. He tells the reader how the Jews from his Ghetto were transported there, and how none of them had any idea where they were going until they got to their destination. They were transported to the camps by cattle cars guarded by police. There were at least eighty people in crammed into each car. “Lying down was not an option, nor could we all sit down. We decided to take turns sitting. There was little air. The lucky ones found themselves near a window; they could watch the blooming countryside flit by” (Wiesel, 23). A few days later the cattle car stopped at their final destination, Auschwitz-Birkenau.
In fact, Auschwitz concentration camp was the largest of its kind established by the Nazis during the Holocaust. It included three main camps (Auschwitz 1, Auschwitz-Birkenau, and Auschwitz-Monowitz) (Auschwitz, USHMM). All of which used prisoners for forced labor. One of them also functioned for an extended period of time as a killing center. In his article,…

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