[2015] JadenMaldonado: Concentration Camps

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[2015] JadenMaldonado: Concentration Camps



There were lots of different concentration camps during The Holocaust. The main 15 camps were Auschwitz, which was the largest of all concentration camps, Belzec, Bergen, Buchenwald, Chelmno, which had 320,000 Jews, Dachau, Ebensee, Flossenburg, Gross-Rosen, Janowska, Kaiserwald, Majdanek, which had 78,000 – 61,000 Jews, 12,000 Polish, and 5,000 other, Meuthausen, Natzweiler, and Neuengamme. Before The Holocaust the Jewish population was 9,508,304. After The Holocaust the Jewish population was 3,546,211. All together 63% of the Jewish population was killed.





The jobs in the concentration camps varied. The prisoners were assigned to a whole range of different work. Some prisoners worked inside the camp. Most of them worked outside the camps. They did things such as working in factories, working on construction projects, and working on farms and coal mines. There were different “groups.” Some included Sonderkommando and Kanada Kommando. The Sonderkommando were selected for strength and fitness. They also worked up to periods of four months, but mostly just lasting a few weeks. They worked in very terrible conditions, processing and disposing of the bodies of those sent to the gas chambers. The Kanada Kommando collected the belongings of the victims and took them to “Kandada” for sorting and transporting back to Germany. The prisoners working in this lived in barracks, in the warehouse away from the other prisoners. They had better lives than the others. They could take extra food to help them survive, extra clothing, + more. Some smuggled valuables to bribe the kapos or guards, If they were caught doing this they were killed.


In the novel I read, “The cage” by Ruth Minsky Sender, it has a connection to my topic (Concentration camps). In the cage Riva, the main character, and her brothers are living in the ghettos. One day Riva’s brothers and Riva are pretty much forced out of their home in the ghetto to live in concentration camps with many other children and adults. When they get to the concentration camps Riva and her brothers are separated. In the concentration camps they are imprisoned and harshly treaty. As a result of reading this novel, I learned many things about the holocaust. Some things I learned included how poorly and brutally Jews and other ethnicities were treated, for example if they had done something wrong they were beat occasionally with whips. I also learned a lot about what the Nazis in the holocaust did and how they acted. For example, one woman in my book who they called Madam Commandant would call the prisoner’s cows and also she made them forget their own names and take numbers. The prisoners could not do many things such as take baths and use the bathroom in normal ways. They also slept in barracks. All of the rules of the camps were harsh.

Rise of the Nazi party: Small political group was the most powerful party in Germany.

 Nazification: Hitler became chancellor, this party changed Germanys social, political, and economic structure.

The ghettos: The Jews used to live here before they were taken to the concentration camps.

The camps: Where the Jews got taken to when the Jewish police came around their town.

Resistance: People tried to steal and if they got they would more than likely try to resist from going to the camps. (Running from the Jewish police)

Rescue and liberation: Some of the Jews neighbors would try to help them get out of the camps and others were saved by allies.


Aftermath: After the war, Nazis have faced their punishment for their “crimes” they began to rebuild their life.


The Jews went through very harsh conditions while they were in the camps and the barracks, The Jews lived in barracks there were two different types of camps, brick and wooden. The barracks were very crowded, they held up to 700 people, the conditions on what the barracks looked like inside. They had wooden stray hay beds to sleep on, the barracks had leaky roofs the Jews got fed 3 times a day, breakfast, lunch, dinner.

Auschwitz Concentrarion Camp;


The life in a concentration camp.

Who, Why, What & Where?Concentration camps define a wide number of places of internment created by Nazi Germany. Concentration camps were first formed in Germany, and were established in January, 1933. They were formed to handle large masses of people. Also, some of the people included Jews, Gypsies, and criminals. These concentration camps were filled.

Berman, Ellie “Concentration Camps: What are concentration camps?” Jewishvirtuallibrary.org N.P 2015 3 June. 2015Deem, James “Auschwitz- Voices from the death camp.” Woodgluck, Angela “Holocaust the events and their impact on real people. New York: DK Publishing Inc, 2007. Pages: 191

Additional Sources:•A Lucky Child: A Memoir of Surviving Auschwitz as a Young Boy. By: Thomas Buergenthal.•Child. By: Jona Oberski•A Hiding Place. By: Corrie Ten Boom.



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