Effects Of Concentration Camps

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Imagine a world where one was forced to wake up to degradation, inhumanity, and conditions that no human being should experience. This was a reality for millions of Jews that experienced life in concentration camps. During World War II, life in concentration camps was grim and left little hope for the Jews’ survival. They were forced to live in horrific conditions, forced to perform hard labor which oftentimes meant working in a state of starvation until death overtook them, and constantly faced execution.
Living conditions in concentration camps can be described as horrific. Captive Jews mostly lived in cramped barracks that were not made for comfort. These barracks were usually made of wood or brick. Wooden barracks often had gaping holes
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The type of jobs usually varied throughout camps, but most were heavy manual labor and exhausting. Some Jews got lucky and were given jobs inside the camp, which was seen as a way to escape the harsh weather in the fields. During this time, concentration camps were seen as a station of free labor for big companies. Some, such as the one in Auschwitz III, built factories that built things like rubber, metal screws, and any other resource popular at the time. Though the factories were built for Jews to work in, they were often subjected to humiliating work that had no purpose. This was a part of a system the Germans used to dehumanize and brainwash the Jews in the camps. Many were forced to run naked in freezing weather for the amusement of the German SS officers. Some were also forced to work in crematoriums where, at times, they had to kill their own family members. Jews often died due to exhaustion in these camps. They were not provided enough nutrients to stay healthy. As a result, a large number of Jews became too ill to work, which often led to death. In most Nazi concentration camps, there was a shortage in SS officers to control all of the prisoners. As a solution to this, Germans created the Kapos system. According to an article titled” Forced Labor: An Overview”, this system gave certain trustworthy Jews power in labor operation. The type of Jews chosen for this position were the ones who were relatively stronger or held …show more content…
The Nazis found many new and innovative ways to kill Jews. Three strategies of killing stood out the most; gun, gas, and burning. Death by gun can be described as the easy way out due to it being quick and typically caused little prolonged suffering. There were many techniques for killing by way of guns. Some included sniping workers who weren’t working as seen in the movie, Schindler 's List. There were also the casual shootings which occurred when an officer simply felt like it. These took place frequently.There were also mass killings where Jews would dig their own graves and literally be shot into them. Death by gas usually occurred in gas chambers or vans.. According to an article titled “Daily life in Concentration Camps”, gas vans were hermetically sealed trucks with engine exhaust diverted to the interior compartment. Use of gas vans began after Einsatzgruppe members complained of battle fatigue and mental anguish caused by shooting large numbers of women and children. Gas chambers were mostly sealed rooms that packed hundreds of Jews and used poisonous gas to kill them. This method was so effective because usually no survivors remained and many Jews could be killed at once. Burning could be described as one of the worst ways to die in concentration camps. This was because Jews were often burned alive feeling all of the pain of the fire destroying their bodies. During this time, anyone thought not able to

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