10 Facts about Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp

Post On: April 9, 2017

The Nazi concentration camp was a horror for Jewish people.  One of the camps to hold the political prisoners was Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp. The location was in Oranienburg, Germany. It was operated in 1936 until May 1945. The Soviet controlled the camp after the second world war ended. Until 1950, it was functioned as a NKVD special camp. Today, Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp is operated as museum where public may visit it. Here Facts about Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp:

Facts about Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp 1: the establishment

In 1936, Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp was founded. The location of the camp was 22 miles or 35 km north of the German capital, Berlin.

Facts about Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp 2: the strategic location

The location of Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp was strategic. It had been used by SS officers as a training camp and administrative center of all concentration camps in Oraenienburg. After finishing their training, the SS officers would have the responsibility to maintain and manage the camps.

Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp

Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp

Facts about Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp 3: the prisoners of wars

When it was operated under NAZI Germany, Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp was used to execute the prisoners of war from Soviet Union. At first, the trench area was used as the site for executing for the prisoners. It was conducted by hanging or shooting.

Facts about Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp 4: the purpose

Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp was not originally used as extermination camp. However, many prisoners of war were killed in the camp after Anton Kaindl, the camp commandant built ovens and gas chambers in the camp in March 1943.

Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp Pic

Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp Pic

Facts about Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp 5: the offices

The offices of camp administration were located at the main gate. The machine gun in this Guard Tower A was the 8mm Maxim gun. During the First World War, the Germans used this type of gun.

Facts about Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp 6: the slogan

Arbeit Macht Frei was the slogan found at the front entrance of Sachsenhausen gate. In English, the slogan means, “work makes you free”.

Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp Pictures

Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp Pictures

Facts about Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp 7: the number of people

In 1936 until 1945, Sachsenhausen had been passed by at least 200,000 people.

Facts about Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp 8: the large Appellplatz

The large Appellplatz was conducted on the base site, which covered thousand-acre of area. The roll call in the evening and morning would gather thousands of prisoners in lines.

Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp Facts

Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp Facts

Facts about Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp 9: standard

The standard treatment of prisoners and design for other camps were replicated from Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp.

Facts about Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp 10: expansion

In 1938, the camp was expanded because of inadequate area to accommodate all prisoners.

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