History, oral history, concentration camp, Auschwitz, Nazi Germany
European History | Oral History | Social History
Dachau, Sobibor, Auschwitx-Birkenau, Chelmno, Majdanek, Mauthausen...the list goes on and on. The Nazi concentration camps: virtually everybody has heard of them, many people have read or seen something about them, some have even visited one of the camps. But can anyone--aside from the survivors--actually know what life in these camps was like? Is it possible to even begin to understand what these people experienced during their years of internment? The above reconstruction is an attempt to create an "average" day for a prisoner based on various reports and descriptions from numerous sources. It is not meant to be any specific special prisoner or a particularly "good" or "bad" day in the camps. It is an attempt to force the reader to imagine the agony the victims experienced by describing in detail what could happen in just twenty-four hours of their endless torment.
Haimov, D. (1988). Never Again (Undergraduate honors thesis, University of Redlands). Retrieved from https://inspire.redlands.edu/cas_honors/623