HOLOCAUST – THROWBACK TO HISTORY (Part-2)

To put it in plain words, Nazi Germany killed millions of Jews.

WHAT HAPPENS IN CAMPS?

Jews were put to work, they were treated worse than slaves. In the novel Night, we get to know that the jews were evacuated from their houses. The families were separated, their house were snatched from them. Imagine waking up and having to leave our house not knowing where we are headed to.

Nazi Camps. Between 1933 and 1945, Nazi Germany and its allies established more than 44,000 camps. The workers were given huge load of work. The food provided were not enough, they had to fight like mad to get a piece of bread. There was no feeling, no father-son relationship as they have to survive. The families were no more families by heart, to survive they were even willing to beat each other up.

Interned persons may be held in prisons or in facilities known as internment camps, also known as concentration camps.

AUSHWITZ

The most deadliest camp among the concentration camps. Auschwitz concentration camp was a complex of over 40 concentration and extermination camps operated by Nazi Germany in occupied Poland during World War II and the Holocaust. 

The prisoners were departed to the camp were gassed. They worked to death and died in medical experiments. People from all over Europe were crammed into cattle wagons without windows, toilets, seats or food, and transported to Auschwitz. There they were sorted into those who could work and those who were to be immediately killed.

The vast majority were murdered in the complex of gas chambers at Auschwitz II-Birkenau camp.

Zyklon-B gas was used to murder people. Guards pushed the people inside the chamber. There won’t be enough space for the people, they were squeezed inside and they were suffocated to death by the gas. They were also burnt as a whole. The description was so raw, even when the people bang the door, the guards won’t let them out and when they do there would be bodies falling out.

WHAT HAPPENS TO PEOPLE WHO ARE INJURED?

The people who are injured or ill were alloted Barracks. Birkenau concentration camps have Barracks,  were primitive wooden structures with large wooden shelves for bunkbeds. There were 36 bunks per barrack; 5 to 6 prisoners were packed on a shelf to fit over 500 prisoners per barracks. Inmates wore the same ragged clothes for work and sleep. 

The barracks had no insulation from the cold or heat, the wooden roofs often leaked, and the straw sometimes supplied as bedding was soon filthy and wet. The only toilet facility was a single bucket, and diarrhea, lice, and disease were common. Even when it’s cold, the prisoners have to bath in cold water. They have to walk all the way in cold to the bathhouse and get back to the Barracks. If the illness have no progression, they would be sent to death camps.

Life in the camp was hard, the survivors’ interview are available on YouTube. There was two such videos that runs in my mind. Here’s the link to German Nazi meets Holocaust survivor.

Holocaust twin experiment survivor’s interview.

Thank you for reading! Kindly check out the novel Night by Elie Wiesel and the interviews. There is a lack of awareness about Holocaust.