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Flossenbürg Concentration Camp

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Megan Thomey

on 20 November 2012

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Presented by: Megan Thomey
Presented to: Mr.Fillier
English 2201 Flossenbürg Concentration Camp Part 2: Photo Essay: Photo Essay: Photo Essay: 4. 1. 2. 3. Photo Essay Flossenbürg Concentration Camp Part 1 :Cover Page This photo is a general view of Flossenbürg concentration camp after liberation in April 1945. In this photo, you can see the words "Arbeit Macht Frei" (Work Makes You Free), on the left of the gate. This appeared on the gate post of the main gate in Flossenbürg. This photo was also taken during liberation, in May 1945. This is a photo of the stairway that led down to the crematorium in Flossenbürg. These barbed wire fence posts are original. Here is a photo of the crematorium in Flossenbürg. It was a small building with one room, and only one oven. Photo Essay: 5. This is a photo of the housing area in
Flossenbürg. This is where camp officials and SS officers stayed. The housing area is hillside of the camp and some houses are still used today. Photo Essay 6. This is a photo of the quarry in Flossenbürg in 1945. This quarry is still in use today Photo Essay 7. This is a photo of the buildings that are a part of a stonemasons work complex in Flossenbürg, also a part of the quarry site. You can see prisoners digging and working here. Photo Essay 8. This is another view of Flossenbürg, you can also see a guard tower in the back on the hillside. Photo Essay 9. This is a photo of the guard tower that was shown in the previous photo. This is the tower today. Photo Essay 10. This is the Flossenbürg headquarters building in the SS camp area. It still looks the same today. Part 3: Eulogy for Elie's father. Today we are gathered to remember the beloved Chlomo Wiesel, who has sadly left us on January 28th during the horrific event of the Holocaust. Mr. Wiesel was an admirable father and husband. He had four children, Beatrice, Hilda, Eliezer, and Tzipora, and a wife Sarah. Chlomo Wiesel was a great father to his children, he cared for them greatly. Along with his wife Sarah who he loved ever so much. He was a very cultured man, yet he was realistic. He had so much more concern for others then he did for himself, he was very dedicated to others. He will always be remembered as a well respected Jewish community leader in his hometown of Sighet. Everybody in the town respected and enjoyed his presence. Mr.Wiesel very much represented a man of reason, and he also was a very brave man who would of sacrificed his own life for any of his children or wife at any time. He was also very religious and encouraged others, like his children to be as well. Another word to describe this wonderful man is hardworking, he did many difficult tasks in order to save his own son's life, he believed that work was one of the most important things in life and he was passionate about it. We must never forget the sacrifices that he made for his only son, Elie, and how much care and love he had for his family and for everyone else. It is very upsetting to see someone so respected leave us in such a way, but we must remember Chlomo for who he was and never forget what a great man he was and how he would of taken his own life for anyone. He was a truly inspiring man who will never be forgotten, his passion and his caring heart will forever exist in our hearts. Part 4: A map illustrating the major concentration camps in Europe: Part 5: Newspaper Account Where Many Wished to Die During the Holocaust in World War 2, the one thing that most of the Jewish prisoners wished for was to be set free, even by death if necessary. Little hope came to these people after a short while when they realized the actual horror of the concentration camps in Europe and their conditions. 1945 The truth about these concentration camps is terrifying and it is a miracle that they have been liberated. During the Holocaust, approximately 6 million Jewish people were murdered , most of them in these concentration camps. Some of the Major concentration camps during the Holocaust were Auschwitz Birkenau, Belzec, Bergenbelsen, Dachau, and Flossenburg. Many died at each of these camps, and there were also many more concentration camps. Each had different elements, but they all shared the exact same thing in common, and that is poor conditions. Some of the concentration camps were based on forced labor, or annihilation, some were also holding centers. But they were all the same in regarding to poor conditions. Every concentration camp had poor living arrangements for the Jewish prisoners, every Jew slept in a barrack which was made of wood, they had to share a bunk with three to five people , and they only received one blanket that they could not wash or replace if they lost. The barracks would be crowded with people and they had no personal space. There would be rodents and insects everywhere in each barrack, also diseases such as lice and scabies. Prisoners were also deprived of nutritious food, they were only given a small bowl of soup and stale bread crusts once per day. They did not receive proper medical attention when needed, which is why there was always an outbreak of diseases so frequently. After just a short period of time, the Jewish prisoners had no desire to live, these concentration camps were completely horrific and made millions of humans die or wants to die. These concentration camps were not fit for rodents to live in, yet humans lived in them until the point of death, or until they were free after a number of years. No matter what age, Jewish people were being shot, burned, gassed, or tortured in these concentration camps. The choice was either death, or harsh forced labor. Most of the concentration camps contained gas chambers and crematoriums. Jewish prisoners would be killed by whatever way the Nazis could think of. Each Jewish prisoner would have to wear a thin striped uniform, they only received one and they could not get another one no matter what the circumstances were. Part 6: Poem There was no feeling so bad,
as being so hungry, so alone, or so upset,
without my mother, sister, or my dad.,
I felt as if it would never end,
the horror, the fright, the never ending night,
I would of done anything to wake up and for it to be pretend,
But I knew that I would wake up in that same barrack,
with no family, no friends,
just pain in my heart, head, and back,
it has been over a year since I saw my mother and sister,
and almost six months since my dad has passed,
But I knew that I was a survivor,
I would do anything to escape from being gassed,
I told myself that I would live,
live to see sunlight, hear birds chirp, to see my friends again,
and also to give,
to give my story and perspective on what I've been through,
It was a long journey, but I made it,
and for that, I would like to say thank you. I Made it
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