Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp

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22 Straße der Nationen Oranienburg, Berlin, Germany
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Jason24 Jason24
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Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp Dec 31, 2012
Seeing this place was very much a highlight of my time in Berlin. It is not for the faint at heart. I would highly recommend using the Sandeman's Tour (15 euro) to take this trip, as it gives you an experienced guide.Ask for Sam Noble if you can! He is the best!

Just approaching the place is eerie and I had a feeling mixed between deep horror and reverence. Horror that I would get to see with my own eyes this terrible place,instruments of torture and much more. Reverence, not for what happened but that somebody preserved it to remind us to never again do this.

The borders and walls were sobering,stark and cold. A reminder of what was. The prison was terrible. The misery, the stupidity and heartlessness was well described by my guide Sam. It made me realize how special and precious freedom is.

I highly recommend this place. You will have alot to reflect on!
The outside wall of the camp
Communist propaganda within the ca…
bitter slogan on the door that led…
the wall inside the camp. No one e…
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vickie-lou says:
I remember my visit here when I was still at school. Horrifying stuff but like you say, a good lesson for all
Posted on: Jan 01, 2013
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Suusj Suusj
198 reviews
Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp Jul 08, 2011
Just a bit of history:

Build in 1936 as an camp mostley for political prisonars. Between 1936 and 1945 over 200.000 people were killed.

On april 22th only 3000 people, docters, nurses and people who were sick, were libarated by the units of the read army.

The original entrance gate is still there. Before the entrance gate there is a small museum. You can't take pictures there but it's nice to visit.

Entering the camp ground a weard feeling came across. We have visited Westerbork earlier this year but there is not a whole lot left. Saschenhausen has still a lot of remains.

There are barraks and one can be visit from the inside. There is also a prison. Some of them with furniture, for as far you can call it that...

In the middle of the campground there is a memorial. There are a lot of rocks placed next to the statue ot he memorial, I put u roc there as well. Just as a small simbol of remembering and never forgetting the horrors of WOII.

Visting is free. For 3 euro's you can get an audio guided tour.

Parking is no problem. There is a parking spot in front of the place. Near the parking area there is also a public toilet.

Defenitly worth visiting!
Entrance @ Sachsenhausen
Entrance @ Sachsenhausen
Entrance @ Sachsenhausen
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mosted says:
Ohh didnt know there was a concentration camp called "Sachsenhausen" O_o

Theres one of Frankfurts Districts thats called Sachsenhausen aswell, only knew about this one so far. :)
Posted on: Jul 19, 2011
blanchvegas blanchve…
3 reviews
Hallowed ground Feb 22, 2009
Amazing site with English recording of tour (for those of us who don't follow enough German) Remains of crematorium, firing pit, housing, and much more to see. If you go through the museum you learn that more political prisoners of both Hitler and later the Soviets where held here than Jewish prisoners. Horrible things happened at this place and people should visit! Only about 40 km outside of Berlin.
Main gate
Large memorial
Memorial by remains of Crematorium
138 reviews
Sachsen Concentration Camp Jan 02, 2008
The construction of Sachsenhausen began in 1936, actually while the the same year that the Olympic Summer games where held 30km further South in Berlin. Prisoners from the Esterwegen Concentration camp where transferred to Oranienburg to build the new Model Camp in the Third Reich. During its 9year of operation as a concentration camp for male visitors conservative estimates say 100.000 people perished here, while other estimates say that the number is closer to 200.000 people.

Among those 100-200.000 people the most prominent prisoner was "Yakov Dzhugashvili" , the son of Joseph Stalin. He served in the Red Army during the WW2 and was captured by the Wehrmacht in 1942 and was sent to the Sachsenhausen Concentration camp for forced labour. He lost his life in 1943. There are several rumors about the cause of death , ranging from being assassinated , running into an electrical fence, suicide and starvation. The Wehrmacht tried to exchange Yakov for Friedrich Paulus , a German war Marshall captured during the battle of Stalingrad, but Stalin should have said allegedly have said: "I do not change the soldier for the marshal" or "I have no son," (As him and Yakov didnt get along)

Sachsenhausen was the pride of the German Concentration camps, and all the SS troops being trained for other Concentration / Extermination camps where trained in Sachsenhausen.

UN actually was on visit in Sachsenhausen in before the war and they categorized the conditions as tough, but fair. Another thing that is worth mentioning is that Hitler was Elected Man of the Year by Time Magazine in 1936

Well, My personal Verdict is that the camp is absolutely recommended to go to. In my opinion its not as touching as the Auschwitz-Birkenau Camp. You really should Visit the Sachsenhausen Memorial when you are in Berlin

Directions: You can either take an New Berlin Tour at 11:00 in front on Starbucks next to Brandenburger Tor (12euro) or do the excursion yourself. The tour is really entertaining, but as with all tours, you're only rushing through the entire camp.

Or you can do it yourself for free. Take the S-Bahn to Oranienburg (45min) and walk for 20mins to the Camp.

Puh.. Quite a lot of research for this review.
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codebeck says:
Lest we forget ;)
Posted on: Mar 07, 2008
tvillingmarit says:
May we never forget
Posted on: Feb 04, 2008
tvillingmarit says:
Well done Christian
Posted on: Feb 04, 2008

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