Memorial and Museum: Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp, Germany

Thursday, February 28, 2019


One thing I learned about while I try to explore things around Europe is to learn the history. I am actually the type who the least favorite subject was History. I can do Math, but not History. Lol. Adulting made me do this and gave me the interest to find out and be curious about the past that may or may be related to its culture or what it was today. 

Background History:
What I will show you today was our visit to one of many concentration camps in Germany. It was located in Oranienburg, Germany approx. 35 km north of Berlin. It was firstly a factory that became a concentration camp where many prisoners died and suffered due to living conditions, diseases, and tortures. It was said to be one of the biggest concentration camps in Germany from 1936 to 1945. Nowadays, the actual place became a memorial of the victims and the museum. There were also a variety of exhibits to learn more about history. You can also walk around to some areas of the actual concentration camp. There is no entrance fee in the camp, but you can pay for the audio guide.

From the S-Bahnhof Oranienburg, you can take a bus directly to the memorial and museum

If you are planning to visit, give at least 4 hours to walk and check around the area because it was so large and we didn't expect it when we first went here. Go with the most comfortable clothing and shoes as the tour contains a lot of walking outside. There were audio guides available too.

The vibe, although it was a big and open area, was still uneasy. As you learned and read about what the people here have suffered, there will be a remarkable pinch in the heart that you don't understand.

The museum contained paraphernalia of the prisoners here, the things they used when they stayed here. There was also a mini cinema inside the museum where you can learn further the history and why this happened. Photography inside the museum was prohibited. Go learn and see it for yourself.

Buildings around the camp were open for visit. Every area was a different set-up, but with the same vibe. If only these walls can't speak for themselves. I never thought it would be as heavy as this to check the place and be there. Some victims were also unwillingly subjected to experiments, forced labor, died of exhaustion and hunger. This place was also used for political prisoners.

"Liberation" by Rene Graetz, erected in 1961

Live as you wanted because not everyone was given a choice.

The entire visit was so full of history and learnings. I would like to also see for myself some other concentration camps in and outside Germany. Till next!

Let's talk again on my next blog.
Yes, YOU lovely gorgeous.

Love yourself because you are beautiful.

Hugs and Kisses,
Princess Mikee

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