The Holocaust will go down as one of history's deadliest events. The Holocaust consisted of mass genocides, evil trickery, and torture of millions of innocents. Of the ten million victims of the Holocaust, only a fraction of them has survived to explain the events of their daily lives. Those survivors have provided us with graphic details of the tragic events within concentration camps and of how people were treated in everyday life.
Concentration camps were very deadly and most prisoners never made it out alive. It was very common that one barrack housed 900-1000 prisoners. If a contagious disease was found in one of the barracks, then that one and all surrounding barracks would be liquidated. If a group of prisoners was to be moved to another camp they would have to go on a death march. Death marches were mostly over 40 kilometers in hardly any clothes, food, water, or they marched in the snow of rain. Very few thousand that went on a march only a few hundred made it out.
Auschwitz was a notorious concentration camp and few prisoners ever lived to tell the tale. Since prisoners died all the time it was said ¨Its not if you die, but when you die.¨ Sometimes prisoners begged to be shot in the head because life was too unbearable. Auschwitz has a reputation for never showing mercy to any of its prisoners regardless of age, size, or social rank. It also contained something called the price. The price was an area where mainly jews and some other prisoners would be sent to die. Sometimes they would be thrown into a pit alive and be burned to death. Auschwitz will definitely go down as one of the most violent concentration camps in history.
In most concentration camps if a prisoner escapes the punishments are very brutal. If the prisoner is found alive, he would be beaten then hanged in front of the entire camp. If the prisoner is found dead they would be sat in front of the giant gates of the camp holding a note saying ¨Here I am.¨ Punishments in the camp were always life-changing and in fact almost always left the person dead or very close because of the beatings they would suffer.
One of the things nazis did best was the ability to lie easily. In a way to keep order, the nazis put signs saying baths and showers over gas chambers. Since the prisoners were all desperate, hungry, and thirsty they all believed it.The nazis even would say that if a person volunteered for something they would get a reward, but instead it was either torture and death or death. This was a prime time for the nazis to abuse their power and enforcement. Probably the worst thing during the holocaust was the amount of times the nazis lied.
Crematoriums were one of the tools used in Germany as a way for extermination and to gather materials. Crematoriums were always manned with a group of the strongest and toughest prisoners and these men were called the SonderKommando. Though the SonderKommando were still prisoners they had special treatment. The nazis wanted the Kommando crew to be in the best health because they did all of the nazis work for them.The SonderKommando were required to work from 7-7 and they cleaned the dead bodies before sending them to the furnaces, collecting items from dead prisoners, and following the orders of the SS officers. The life span of the SonderKommando was only four months till they were all machine guned in the back.
Transportation was a major part of the Holocaust because withought it no one would get any where. When a train comes to either a ghetto or a nother camp, a cart meant for 15 was filled with 80-90. During long walks where it was easy to fall behind it was common for half the group to be shot. When the prisoner fell behind or became to sick one of the officers would shoot them in the back. Withen other countries while the nazis are loading the jews on trains the nazis simply said the jews were being relocated into Germany in order to stay undercover.
Though there are some that wish to completely forget this horrific time in history it is our job to make sure it never gets covered up.We need to remember and learn about the holocaust so that we will not repeat it in any way shape or form. The nazis have commited terrible crimes and were severly punished for them mainly by death. Even though the Holocaust was an unforgettable and terrible time in the past because of the mass genocides, horrifying tortures, and terrible lies doesn´t mean there werent lesson we can learn. Even from the worst times in history there are the greatest lesson learned.
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