"Those who do not learn history are doomed to repeat it."-George Santayana
A large part of German history includes WWII and the Holocaust. Being in Berlin and going to Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp was an overwhelming experience because it is shocking to see the condition of the prisoners of the SS during the war. Hearing about the horrible things that happened is one thing, but to walk the same roads as the victims of the Holocaust is an entirely different one. Last summer on my exchange to southern Germany we went to Dachau Concentration Camp which is where the first two photos in this blog post are from. Even having seen the horror of a concentration camp before, Sachsenhausen hit me hard. Despite these trips being saddening, it is so important to continue to keep concentration camps open so the world can continue to remember the crimes once committed and avoid future inhumane treatment of human beings.
It is hard to put into words exactly the types of emotions that face you while seeing the conditions that Holocaust victims dealt with. Extremely cramped quarters, tortuous guards and severe physical punishment are among the atrocities captives of concentrations camps were forced to deal with on a daily basis. Often, people going into these camps understood that they wouldn't make it out alive which is what the pictures above represent.
Despite all the terrible things that happened during WWII, one very important thing to remember are the wise words of Anne Frank.