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Europe » Germany » Brandenburg » Oranienburg January 2nd 2016

Today was bitter cold. Felt like 14 degrees Fahrenheit. So it was a perfect day to suffer through the horrific concentration camp near Berlin called Sachsenhausen. This was the camp that was the "model" for the other Third Reich labor camps. It was layered out in a triangular shape so that all sides could be observed from the guard tower A, at the entrance. Even though it wasn't a "death camp", of course many terrible things happened here and 10's of thousands died here, often executed. The most chilling story on this cold day was about the punishment that was dolled out to the entire camp when a prisoner escaped. At role call the SS officer, Rudolf Hoss (who later ran Auschwitz-Birkeneau) made the entire camp stand in a foot of snow with subzero temperatures for ... read more
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