PART THREE OF FOUR:
EXECUTIONS AND CREMATIONS
This was a work camp, not an extermination camp. Nevertheless, working the prisoners to death was policy for the Jewish prisoners and others who were considered to be undesirable, including ordinary criminals and dissidents, but also Gypsies and other cultural subgroups, people who simply seemed lazy, and gays. These were special targets for assuring death when the maximum labor had been extracted.
All of these deaths needed an efficient way of disposing of bodies, hence the crematorium (at every camp):
The crematorium was built and used, and then expanded:
There was also a need to punish recalcitrant prisoners by execution, so very near the crematorium there was a gallows stand:
And in the beautiful woods next to the crematorium there were pistol-execution ranges complete with gulleys to carry away blood:
In this same parklike setting there were ash-graves, now marked with Jewish and other symbolisms representing the faiths of the victims and survivors:
But this is not all. Toward the end preparations were being made for more efficient executions using a gas-chamber disguised as a shower room (liberation came before they were used):
After taking in these types of sights, one breathes in the beauty of nature surrounding this area as if gasping for reassurance of life's continuance:
It is time to make an exit from this place.
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Berchtesgaden and the Königssee
The Zugspitze in the clouds
Just some photos from Austria between two parts of Germany
Two castles on the "Romantic Road," Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau
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