Descriptive Essay On Concentration Camp

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Imagine one day waking up and leaving your family, your house, your possessions, and your life behind. You do not know where you’re going, or how long it will take to arrive at a destination. You are thrown into a cramped, small space with hundreds of strangers; some dead and some dying. It’s hard to stay positive in a situation like this. You have no clue what it is going on. You are on your way to the most deadly and most well known concentration camp. Its name is Auschwitz. The thought of ever leaving this place is the only hope that you and those have around you, and chances are slim. Auschwitz, also known as Auschwitz- Birkenau was located in Oswiecim, Poland. It was the largest and most deadly concentration camp . The camp was…show more content…
Upon arrival the Nazi doctor will split the people into groups of men, women, old, sick, young and healthy. On the left there were young men that were going to be put to work and to the right were sick people, disables people, children and elders whom would be put to death. Women and men cry as they say their goodbyes, never knowing when they will see one another again. Everyone is thirsty, hungry and tired, but most of all, afraid. Those who arrived at the concentration camp Auschwitz were greeted with a metal sign that read “Arbeit Macht Frei”- “Work Makes You Free”. This sign was one of the many lies that Nazis used to convince the Jews and many others that they were only being used for their…show more content…
Once they arrived they were not treated with dignity. At the camp the prisoners were stripped naked into a stripped uniform which was too thin for the cold, shaved the prisoners heads, tattooed a number on his or her arm; which represented their new identity, and was given wooden shoes that would often get stuck in the mud. The prisoners were woken up by a siren, imagine hundreds of people running out in time for selection. Selection is time when the Nazi decided who were ready to be killed. For breakfast they were given 10 ounces of bread with a small piece of salami or one ounce of margarine, tasteless coffee, with no sugar.They worked for about 11 or 12 hours daily. For lunch they were served a soup with a quart of water with a few carrots and rutabagas. The final meal was bread with rotten salami or margarine and jam. The camps had no heat or running water and only a few toilets that they could only use for 10 seconds. One must ask permission to use the toilet and if the Nazi guard did not let you use the toilet then you needed to use your food/ water bowl. When it was time to go to sleep the prisoners lay 10 in one bed and each person had to lay sideways in oder to fit. There were many different insects that could caused diseases such as bed bugs and lice. They also hd to sleep with bowl or cup to prevent them from being stolen by other prisoners. Many times a prisoner woke up to find someone in their bed dead. Each person got a bowl

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