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“Concentration Camp Memorial”
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Buchenwald
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Owner description: This concentration camp is a powerful reminder of the horrors of Hitler's Germany.
Perth, Australia
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“Concentration Camp Memorial”
Reviewed August 29, 2013

This is a very emotional site but important that we can honour the memories of all those poor souls who perished under the control of the Nazis in WW2. It is a real lesson in history and difficult to believe that such a peaceful & beautiful site that it is today, was the site of such atrocities. Well worth a visit. Very sobering & shocking.

Visited August 2013
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Deal, United Kingdom
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“Harrowing but at the same time a very moving experience”
Reviewed August 14, 2013

Just visted this site with my wife and all I can say is that the previous reviews more eloquently explain what to expect.....
If this is the first time you have visited such a site, like us, you cannot prepare yourself for the experience you are about to go through, (but you should never the less visit if your in the area).
It really is an absorbing and emotional experience to read all about what happened at Buchenwald.
The iPod visual guides are to be recommended and the notes supplied in english are comprehensive, there is also sufficient descriptions in english throughout the site to explain what went on.
It's difficuly to talk about such a visit in a positive tone, however I believe the greatest respect you can pay to those who suffered at this camp is to visit, to truly see and understand it first hand.
We spent four hours there and could easily have spent six, there is so much to see and understand and be sure to allow time to visit the Memorial Clock tower which is on the "Blood Road" which I would recommend you visit after having first looked all around the official site.
Although almost all of the prisoner huts have been razed to the ground as a memorial, there is more than sufficient buildings and exhibitions to tell the whole picture.
It is very, very moving, be prepared for a shock history lesson.
I cannot even begin to feel what the relatives of those interned there, must experience when they visit.
We can only hope that such events are never allowed to happen again, now or in the future.....

Visited August 2013
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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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“The importance of history”
Reviewed August 4, 2013

When my wife and I were planning our trip to Germany, I knew we would be going to a concentration camp per her request. If I had full control over the trip I would have skipped Buchenwald. With that said, I would have avoided horrid truth that should be a must on a visit to this part of the world. What happened was terrible. I do not blame those of the present for what happened in the past. The Germans make an effort to show the atrocities they committed in the past. They are not proud of what happened but want to show what must not happen again. Buchenwald was eye opening to say the least. To walk the grounds of this camp will be something you hold on to the rest of your life. I have a great amount of respect for the Germans for not hiding what they did and showing the world the dismay of their actions in the 1930s-40s. I would highly recommend this tour to anyone young and old.

Visited May 2013
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Antwerp, Belgium
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“Impressive site but more representative camps can be found”
Reviewed July 28, 2013 via mobile

Unfortunately there are several concentration camp sites to be found in Germany and Buchenwald is just one of them. According to our opinion there are more representative sites to be found like f.e. the one in Dachau. It's clear that the Sovjets minimised their use of Buchenwald and as such you constantly get the feeling that the story isn't told completely: f.e. Impression is made that the camp was mainly used to keep anti-fascists in prison whereas the situation of the jews on the site was much worse. But if you're in the neighboorhood Buchenwald is still worthwhile and provides a decent first insight in these dark pages of German history. Once your there make sure to visit the memorial the Sjovets have build a bit further on the site: it's a great example of traditional communist sculpturing.

Visited July 2013
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Stuttgart
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“Difficult to see, but important”
Reviewed June 26, 2013

The contradiction is staggering! It is a lovely setting in the forest, but there is an instant haunting feeling of the voices of the past. I'm not sure anything can prepare anyone for the emotional response to the horror of what went on here. A lot of the camp is no longer there, but enough remains to provide context. The permanent exhibition is good, and the audio guide is well done. Be prepared to have the impressions live with you long after you leave.

Visited June 2013
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