Facts about Concentration Camps, that will make you think.
We all know that the Holocaust was a dark time in history, but you may not have realized just how dark it really was. Did you know that during the Evian Conference in France, Hitler offered to hand over all the “Jewish criminals” to any country willing to take them? The US, Britain, Canada, and every other country refused. Only the Dominican Republic offered to take 100,000. In the end, Hitler decided to move forward with his “final solution” – total extermination.
It was an oft-repeated myth that the Nazis made Jews use soap made from the fat of previous Holocaust victims. To date, no conclusive evidence has ever surfaced to support this claim, but that didn’t stop the Nazis from telling inmates that it was true. This just goes to show the horrific lengths Nazis went to break prisoners—everything in the camps had to have the constant reminder of death hanging over it.Bonus: The Nazis did actually make soap from human remains because of course, they did. They just (mostly) never used it.
People wanted to save their families
A lady exposed up to 3,000 hiding Jews to the Gestapo to save her family. But still, her family was sent to Auschwitz in 1943. She still worked for the Gestapo till 1945.
The grotesque existence
The camp lasted for 4 and half years and was the reason for around 1.1 million deaths.
The Music camp-orchestra
The Nazis were truly sadistic when it came to psychological torture and they were even able to turn music into a weapon of misery. The moment an inmate arrived at the camp an orchestra (usually comprised of prisoners) would play obscenely upbeat music which inmates had to sing and march to as they walked towards their death. The music continued even while people were being gassed; however, even with a full orchestra, they were rarely able to drown out the screaming. The guilt of doing this haunted survivors for decades after the war.
The loss of lives in the Second World War was huge.
Yes, but little do we know that the loss of life in Auschwitz was more than the loss and casualties in America and Britain combined.
The Experiments standing group
The sheer scope of just what the Nazis did to people will probably never be discovered due to the destruction of most of the records. However, human experimentation wasn’t just common in camps, it was encouraged. Prisoners were submerged in ice water to see the effects of hypothermia, injected with chemicals and poisons to test their effectiveness, sterilized, vivisected, and operated on without anaesthetic. The worst part? This list still doesn’t even scratch the surface.
Anne Frank’s father’s tragedy
He survived this concentration camp but unfortunately died of lung cancer in 1980.
You lose, you die.
SalamoArouch, a Jewish boxer, was imprisoned at Auschwitz. He was forced to fight fellow prisoners. Those who lost were sent to chambers or even shot on the spot. Until the camp was liberated that is for 2 years, he had to win over 200 fights in order to survive.
Everything’s fair and love and war
A guard here fell in love with a Jewish prisoner and helped her several times and she in return testified on his behalf during his trial after the war.
The world wants to know
People want to know, but little they know. A brave polish soldier, WitoldPilecki volunteered to be imprisoned so that he could gather information. He then escaped and the world was familiarised with the Holocaust.