THE HOLOCAUST

In these galleries, you will find photos of concentration camps and sub-camps I've visited, plus some additional coverage of related sites in Germany and Poland. The camps are in various states of repair and/or restoration, largely dependent on which side of the Iron Curtain the camp was located. Typical communist treatment of the camps was to let them deteriorate and build massive monuments and propaganda exhibits to extol the victory of communism over "fascism" and "imperialism." In the west, attempts were made to maintain some of the buildings for historical and educational purposes and monuments were generally designed as tributes to the victims; Neuengamme and Dachau are examples. Camps in the non-German West were even more carefully preserved, such as Mauthausen in Austria and Natzweiller-Struthof in France. On the other hand, one German camp in the West, Bergen-Belsen, was so disease-ridden that the buildings had to be burned and victims buried in mass graves. Since the fall of the Berlin wall, all the camps have been upgraded in terms of restorations, exhibits, and educational displays. The Spielberg/Hanks TV series Band of Brothers depicted the liberation of a typical concentration camp. Although fictional, it provides an idea of what several US Army units found when arriving at the camps.

Throughout these galleries, I've provided many links for maps, sites, and videos to provide a Holocaust study starting point and encourage further research. Marc Terrance's "Concentration Camp Guide," is an excellent guide if you wish to visit the sites. Here is a list of major camps.