Death angel: the Ss operating the gas chamber. Antreten zum appell (stand up for the roll call): it was the daily cry that alerted the prisoners that the terrible Nazi roll call was about to begin Bahnhof (railway station): in Mauthausen, cell where the dying people were left. Canada: in Auschwitz was the warehouse where… Continua a leggere The language of the concentration camps…
Life in the concentration camps was a real hell. The conditions to which the deportees were subjected were prohibitive, for example the train journey that often lasted days and days and subjected them to unspeakable suffering and deprivation was awful. Once they arrived at their destination, the prisoners were divided into two categories: the weakest… Continua a leggere What was life like in the camps?
Auschwitz was maybe the largest of the Nazi camps, about 150.000prisoners were crammed only in Auschwitz2-Birkenau, a real small town that was organised according to a hierarchical organization, even among the prisoners themselves. They belonged to work teams, called “Arbeitskommando” whichwere led by so-called “Kapo”; the larger teams also had multiple levels of command. The… Continua a leggere How were the camps organized?
On 15 September 1935 in Nuremberg there were all the conditions for implementing the most important anti-Semitic measures: A law to protect the purity of blood and German honour which prohibited both marriages and sexual relations between Jews and Germans. The Reich Citizenship law in which Jews were called “subjects”. On November 14, 1935, the… Continua a leggere How were the Jews identified?
Many knew about the extermination of the Jews, yet no one intervened, although they knew about the horrors that the Nazis were committing. English people had been perfectly and promptly informed of the fact that the Nazis were ruthlessly exterminating millions of innocent civilians at the beginning of the conflict. They could have denounced… Continua a leggere How could we have ignored what was happening in the camps?