A Sobering Visit to a Concentration Camp

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Entrance to Flossenbuerg

Flossenburg is not one of the more well known concentration camps but it should not be forgetten.  Many lives were lost there during World War II (est. 30,000).  It was first established in May of 1938 in the Oberpfalz region of Bavaria as a prisoner of war camp (this included political prisoners, criminals, "asocial" and Jewish persons).  The later, more populated prisoners of war were from the Soviet area.  Some of the many people executed here included those who attempted to kill Hitler in a scheme (Admiral Wilhelm Canaris, Pastor Dietrich Bonhoeffer, General Han Oster among some others).  After the plot had failed, these men were captured and held in various other camps.  They were sent to Flossenburg for the final execution (hanged) on 9 April, 1945.

Walking through Flossenbuerg.
  The camp was liberated just weeks after these men were hung. The camp was liberated by U.S troops on 23 April, 1945.  An estimated that more than 96,000 prisoners passed through here.  Before the liberation, an estimated 15,000 were evacuated in a death march.  Only 2,000 prisoners were alive at the time of the liberation by U.S. forces. 

It was a camp owned by the SS and ran by the German Earth and Stone Co.  Just as with Dachau, this site was chosen for its large granite hills and the prisoners were forced to work within the large quarry. 

It is so sobering to go through these beautifullly kept grounds.  Besides the old buildings, it is hard to imagine that so much tragedy took place here.  There are many memorials to remind the visitors just how many various countries had lost lives just at this single camp.

 

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Entrance to Flossenbuerg
Entrance to Flossenbuerg
Walking through Flossenbuerg.
Walking through Flossenbuerg.
Walking through Flossenbuerg.
Walking through Flossenbuerg.
Megan at Flossenbuerg.
Megan at Flossenbuerg.
The grounds of Flossenbuerg.
The grounds of Flossenbuerg.
A synagogue.
A synagogue.
A window in the synagogue.
A window in the synagogue.
A chapel on the grounds.
A chapel on the grounds.
A guard tower.
A guard tower.
A guard tower.
A guard tower.
Inside a church on the grounds.
Inside a church on the grounds.
Flossenbuerg
Flossenbuerg
Inside the chapel.
Inside the chapel.
Inside the chapel
Inside the chapel
Inside the chapel.
Inside the chapel.
A memorial on the grounds.
A memorial on the grounds.
Graves on the grounds of Flossenbu…
Graves on the grounds of Flossenb…
Graves on the grounds of Flossenbu…
Graves on the grounds of Flossenb…
A memorial on the grounds.
A memorial on the grounds.
Graves at Flossenbuerg.
Graves at Flossenbuerg.
Graves at Flossenbuerg.
Graves at Flossenbuerg.
Graves at Flossenbuerg.
Graves at Flossenbuerg.
Graves at Flossenbuerg.
Graves at Flossenbuerg.
Mass graves at Flossenbuerg.
Mass graves at Flossenbuerg.
Graves at Flossenbuerg.
Graves at Flossenbuerg.
Mass graves at Flossenbuerg.
Mass graves at Flossenbuerg.
Mass graves at Flossenbuerg.
Mass graves at Flossenbuerg.
Memorial at Flossenbuerg.
Memorial at Flossenbuerg.
Entrance to Flossenbuerg.
Entrance to Flossenbuerg.
An oven.
An oven.
A display a Flossenbuerg.
A display a Flossenbuerg.
A mortuary at Flossenbuerg.
A mortuary at Flossenbuerg.
Flossenbuerg grounds.
Flossenbuerg grounds.
Guard tower at Flossenbuerg.
Guard tower at Flossenbuerg.
A cell room at Flossenbuerg.
A cell room at Flossenbuerg.
Flossenbuerg memorial/info.
Flossenbuerg memorial/info.
A window in the chapel.
A window in the chapel.
Megan and Colleen on the grounds o…
Megan and Colleen on the grounds …
Another stained glass window in th…
Another stained glass window in t…
The chapel on Flossenbuerg.
The chapel on Flossenbuerg.
Info on Flossenbuergs history.
Info on Flossenbuerg's history.
Flossenbuerg building.
Flossenbuerg building.
Flossenbuerg building.
Flossenbuerg building.
Flossenbuerg building.
Flossenbuerg building.
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