Concentration Camps in the Holocaust

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The Nazis rose to power, leading to concentration camps being created. The Nazis had a whole system planned out for each concentration camp, but life in the camps was not easy. The Nazis rose to power, which lead to a time in history that will never be forgotten. The Nazi party came into power in 1933 (Jane 4). Soon after the first concentration camps were made in Germany (ushmm.org). The reason behind the Nazi party rising in power is “the Nazis wanted to create a new German empire, the Third Reich. This empire was to be far bigger than Germany, so it would have to take over other countries. The Nazis wanted the Third Reich to be full of Germans who would obey Hitler and the Nazis” (Jane 4). During the time concentration camps were being made “the police and local authorities organized numerous detention camps to incarcerate real and perceived opponents of the Nazi party (ushmm.org). The Nazis rose to power, which later caused concentration camps to be made. Each concentration camp has a whole working system that was used. “As Germany conquered much of Europe in the years 1939- 1941, the SS established a number of new concentration camps to incarcerate increased numbers of political prisoners, resistance groups, and groups deemed racially inferior, such as Jews and Roma (Gypsies).” New camps were made for the Extraction of raw materials. The goods that had been extracted or produced by prisoner labor were sold to the German Reich. In the meantime subcamps were made for every concentration camp. They were located in or near sites used for the extraction of raw materials. Meanwhile a SS Death's - Head units was assigned to every concentration camp. They wore a Death's Head symbol on their lapels (ushmm.org). Eventually fifteent... ... middle of paper ... ...ould be beaten to death in front of all the other prisoners(Jane 27). IN the meantime prisoners were being killed for no reason. Concentration camps became sites of mass murder for small groups called dangerous for political or racial reasons (ushmm.org). One reason so many died is because of the work they were forced to do(David 27). During this period, gas chambers were made to kill several people at the camps. They were in many camps. One was made in Dachau later, but was never used (ushmm.org). In the camps of Belzec and Sobibor, the dead bodies were burned. In Treblinka dead bodies were buried in mass graves, but dug up an burned later. The ashes from the bodies were spread on the surrounding countryside (David 21). The Nazis rising to power lead to concentration camps being made and the suffering that went on in the camps are all part of the Holocaust history.
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