The Model Camp
“…We toil behind barbed wire
Our hands marked by our plight
The work is hard and dire
And there’s no end in sight…"
Song of Sachsenhausen, written by inmates
Most people, when asked about Nazi camps, would point East – to the extermination camps that gained notoriety through the Holocaust: to Auschwitz, Treblinka, Majdanek etc. The truth is, however, that these camps came relatively late in the history of the Third Reich. Their predecessors, the concentration camps, such as Sachsenhausen, were constructed within Nazi Germany in the 1930s.
Devised as a so-called ‘protective custody camp’ to house political prisoners, Sachsenhausen grew to become an SS training centre, a prison to many notable figures, and the site of numerous bizarre developments in Nazi research and military strategy.
Constructed by the Nazis, inherited by the Soviet forces, and eventually opened as a memorial by the East German goverment; Sachsenhausen is a startling example of how different regimes chose to use the same land for purposes of punishment and propaganda.
Suggested Private Tour Sights
- Arbeit Macht Frei Entrance Sign
- Tower A
- The ‘Green Monster’
- SS Troop Camp
- Station Z
- Jewish Barracks (Barracks 38/39)
- Roll Call Area
- Gallows Site
- Laundry Building
- Kitchen Building
- The Obelisk Memorial
- Gestapo & SS Prison
- Boot Testing Track
- Execution Trench
- Concentration Camp Inspectorate Headquarters
- Soviet Special Camp
- The Memorial to the Death March
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