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The Camps

"My first reaction to Maidanek was a feeling of surprise. I had imagined something horrible and sinister beyond words. It was nothing like that. It looked singularly harmless from outside. 'Is that it?' was my first reaction when we stopped at what looked

Sana Vawda

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The Camps
People started to pull out those barbed wires and jumped through those little windows. Even the SS people sat on the rooftop of the train and shot, but everybody took a chance. Whoever could, whoever it was possible to take a chance. Well, my father told us, when the young people started to jump, he said, "You the oldest three"--I was seventeen, and my sister sixteen, my brother fifteen--"You oldest try. Maybe somebody will survive, but we will stay here with the small children, because even if they go out they won't be able to survive." So the parents went with the small children. My sister . . . my brother jumped first, my sister second. Then I jumped, and I landed in a ditch of snow. They shot after us. They shot . . . they keep on shooting, but the bullet didn't hit me. When I didn't hear anymore the train, I got up. And the first thing I did, I took off my star, and I promised myself never again will I ever wear a star. I went first to look after my sister and brother and found them dead. And I found many corpses . . . many corpses. From that train one of my friends survived, too. She lives in New York. We were two people who survived that train, but many people jumped. Well, after that I survived under an assumed name, and I was caught to work in Germany as a Polish girl. And I worked on a farm, on a German farm, under a false name . . .pretended that I was Catholic and escaped until the end of the war. The The kkkkkkkkkkk gates to hell.. Objective: The students will learn about the brutal conditions within the concentration camps and will be able to describe the harsh lifestyles the prisioners experienced. During the Holocaust, Germans tageted and persecuted diffrent groups of people mainly because of their percived "racial inferiority". These minorities, mainly Jews, were put into camps, where they were forced into doing harsh labor and killed for simply being Jewish. What kinds of camps were there? There are CONCENTRATION camps and DEATH camps.

Concentration camps were labor associated camps. Labor consisted of working to make clothing and bullets for the German soilders. Strong abled people were chosen to be put into this camp.

Death Camps were where the prisioners actually died. The use of posion gas and creamation chambers were used to kill people. Others died from disease/sickeness or medical experiments gone wrong.
Some info on the camps just to make you smarter..

Dachau was the first built concentration camp built in 1933.
The camp was designed to perform medical projects on its prisioners often leaving them disabled or dead . The largest built camp was the Auschwitz. It was located in Poland and consisted of three more camps within it. Just a little info to make you smarter: Dachau was the first built camp in 1933. It was mainly built for the purpose of doing experiments on the prisioners. The prisioners were over left disabled or even dead.
The largest camp was Auschwitz. This camp contained another three camps within it. Auschuwitz was a camp that had forced labor, and killed people. So lets recap real fast:
So far, we have gone over the two diffrent types of camps
and what each of them specialize in.
(oh, and an example or two)
Next, we will discuss the camps designed specifically for the
women and children. Ravensbruck: Concentration camp built for women in 1938. The entire camp site was surrounded by barbed electical wire. A small mens camp was near Ravensbruck but was isolated. Women met their death by starving, being beated and tortured, hung, and shot. The women who were too weak to work, were sent to the gas chambers or "youth camps". Others were used for labor until they died or used for experiments. Ravensbruck consisted of a crematory and a gas chamber. During the last months of WWII, the Germans exterminated as many women from the camp as they could, so no women could live to tell the tale. (condition of the camp) Fact: In 1945, 160 babies and all pregnant
women were killed. The weak women were sent to a "Youth Camp"?

Every two or three weeks, women who looked
exceptionally weak or ill were taken away. These
women were to lift their skirts above their hips and
run in front of the guards and doctors. Women who
has swollen feet, injuries, scars, or were simply too weak
were sent to "recovery". "Recovery" consisted of being jailed
without medical attention or food until they died. The other
women never made it too the "youth camp" but rather died
in vans with gas chambers in them. The process of death in
these vans took anywhere from 15- 20 minutes. So what happend to the kids? The Nazi Germans had no simpathy whats so ever for children. Children
were put to death even before they were born. Newborn babies were taken
away from their mothers, and thrown into a sealed room to die. Other times,
the newborns were drowned of shot to death infront of their mothers. Children
were placed into the crematory alive, buried alive, posioned, or drowned. Pregnant
women were also forced to abort. Girls as younge as 8 years old were used in
medical experimentation in which their genitals were exposed to X-rays directly.
http://www.archive.org/details/nazi_concentration_camps They took us in January . . . I remember . . . January 4th, 1943. It was very cold. It was that time such a cold winter that when you walked, the snow crunched under your feet. The S.S. people came into the ghetto, and they walked us . . . they chased us with rifles to the train. That time when they chased us, they didn't have television yet, so nobody saw whatever it happened. But now when you see on the television, and people they chasing out from Kosovo, and people . . . and they are going into tent cities, and it's very sad to look at it. But, to compare to the Holocaust, if somebody would have given us a chance to walk out of Germany, if to live in a camp, in a tent city . . . together the whole family . . . everybody would have been grateful. They didn't give us that chance. They took us into the train. It's a chaos was by the loading the trains because children cried, and parents tried to keep together with the children, and families wanted to be together. Now we came in, into that cattle train when it was full and closed from outside, locked that nobody could . . . was able to go out. The small windows with barbed wires, it wasn't any glass, only barbed wires. Of course, we knew that time what is awaiting us. Because we knew that time it was Camp Belzec, a few stations from our city, and there it was just crematoriums. You came in and they gassed you. They told you to go to the shower, but the shower had Zyklon gas in it and everybody was killed and later exterminated. Nobody survived. You don't have one survivor from Belzec. You have survivors from Auschwitz, from Treblinka, because it was also a working camp. But Belzec wasn't a working camp. It was strictly a death camp, and nobody survived I didn't observe anything...for the longest time I did not believe in God. So for me it was really not a problem until I became older and I realized that...you see, I think a lot of survivors feel very guilty about surviving. For the longest time I kept asking myself, "Why am I alive? Why is my father dead? Why did 6,000,000 die and I am alive?" And when I got older, I began to realize that maybe God chose me because whatever little I have to contribute to telling of this, I am able to do that now. I guess we were all back about three months when we learned that my father had been exterminated in Auschwitz. And, you see, I was never allowed to have a father. I don't have a picture except for one little picture of me and my father. I have no idea of what the five of us looked like together. None. I have no memory of anything before. I don't. I just don't have. And all because he was a Jew. I mean, he never killed anyone, he never robbed anyone, but yet they murdered him. They exterminated him simply because he was a Jew. 1944 when they give up the Lodz ghetto . . . they give up . . . they was some in them a people lot of people coming to Auschwitz from Lodz. A lot of people got killed in Lodz. In the ghetto got the children. The Germans hold the people with the children, hold the and the children was grown up a little, and 4 years is not a baby, you know. When they was coming to Auschwitz. When they was coming in 1944, September, October. In the two months, I don't know what's happened. Til now nothing can figure out with the Germans . . . they all was crazy. They. . . they . . . they holler to make it go fast . . .everything the crematoriums. They throw in the people, you know, in the crematoriums . . . the children. I never will forget . . . alive . . . they throw them in the crematoriums . . . They grabbed by an arm by a leg, by the head, and throw them into the ovens. There it was so tragic the . . . the . . . the cries and people when crying there, you know, was so terrible. I can feel it now . . . I can even see the other people . . . the other people was crying the . . . the children was hollering, "Mama, Daddy help me! Mama, Daddy help me!" You know, was was terrible . . .
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