I didn't take many photographs, but here are a few.
|A plan of the camp. The original camp is the triangular area bottom right.|
|The main gates. Work makes you free.|
|The parade ground. It was bitterly cold on the day we visited, and that was when we were well wrapped up unlike the inmates who were dressed in thin cotton uniforms and made to stand here for hours on end.|
|Memorial to the inmates from 20 different countries imprisoned in the camp.|
|The execution trench where many more prisoners were shot.|
|Monument to those murdered at the camp. In addition to the systematic execution of inmates by shooting, others were killed in gas chambers or were used in horrific medical experiments.|
We also visited the Topography of Terror Museum in Berlin. here
The permanent exhibition documents the rise of the Nazis and the SS, SD, Gestapo and Einsatzgruppen from 1933 until the fall of Berlin. It is an excellent museum (built on the site of the HQ of the above organisations) with a tremendous amount of often graphic pictorial material and documents on show. Full marks for the shear volume and breadth of information as well as the resources available for researchers, but less so for other aspects. For me maybe the museum needs humanising and I felt it failed to adequately communicate the brutality and savagery of the Nazi regime or of the German people's acquiescence or acceptance of their crimes. It was another deeply thought provoking experience that reinforced for me the fragility of democracy and how much of the success of the growth of the Nazis lay in their divide and rule approach. Why have we not learnt?
First they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a socialist.
Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a trade unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.