Life In 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 camps forced Jews into horrific living conditions, where they were cramped into small barracks, which left them vulnerable to infectious diseases and any other elements that made it difficult for them to survive during their time in the camps. Jews also constantly faced execution, which came in many different forms such as, gas chambers and vans, mass burnings and execution by gun. The Jews were also forced to perform hard labor, which often meant working in a state of starvation, due to non-nutritious meals, until death inevitably overtook them. Those conditions that the Jews were forced to live in should remind all that are aware of the Holocaust, to be grateful for their lives if they are presently living in peace. Elie Wiesel once said, “Mankind must remember that peace is not God 's gift to his creatures; peace is our gift to each

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