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Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: More than 100,000 Jews, communists, intellectuals, gypsies and homosexuals were killed by Nazis between 1936 and 1945 in this concentration camp. Some of the buildings have been preserved in their original form including barracks, and a pathology department where Nazis performed medical experiments on the inmates.
Reviewed July 23, 2013

we had mike as our tour guide and while the history of what happened there makes it be a sad chilling place to visit and experience mikes knowledge all about the camps history and its part overall in the 20th century events and way of showing us all the main areas and explaining what happened was excellent and i even came away having learnt a few things i didn't know about the start of the concentration camp movement

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Reviewed July 23, 2013

This place really is chilling. Located about an hour from central Berlin by public transport, most of the concentration camp and the dormitories inside have long since been destroyed but, using original materials sourced from the destruction, a couple of dormitories have been reconstructed to shed a light on the living conditions of the people sent here. Note that a concentration camp is different from an extermination camp and Sachsenhausen wasn't designed with the purpose of exterminating the masses; but that did still happen later on. It would be better to visit Sachsenhausen as part of a tour, as your guide can better explain what happened in each area of the camp, and it's definitely worth the €10 fee (or thereabouts). You'll hear about how gays, who were vilified by Hitler for refusing to breed (by which he means that they were useless in furthering the master Aryan race) had to wear army boots of varying sizes (usually incorrect) and forced to run for miles a day in them, to wear them in for the soldiers, thus, in a reluctant way, helping to further the war effort. This is but a fraction of the horrors that occurred at Sachsenhausen. You will feel moved to come here, but you'll learn a lot.

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Reviewed July 21, 2013 via mobile

This place and places like this are something that everyone should see. It shows what we are all capable of you sit there and say it couldn't be me but the whole nation of Germany participated in this, many because they feared for there own life. The fact that even after the ww2 this camp was used by the soviets demonstrates how human nature sadly doesn't change. Such cunning and well planned hatered is a disgrace. Well worth the visit.

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Reviewed July 19, 2013

I didn't want to go to a concentration camp on my vacation, but my husband really wanted to go to one. It was really hard to think about the atrocities and know you're walking where people suffered and died. But it is important to remember. We spent about 3 hours there, but we were really rushing. There is a lot to see and read. It was a bit traumatizing and depressing.

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Reviewed July 19, 2013

Your tour guide Maria, gave my family a personal tour of the Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp and Memoial on our about July 8, 2013. She did an outstanding job of not just showing us about the camp, but shared with us her thorough knowledge of the camp history and the camp role in the system of terrible camps operated by Germany during World War II. Maria was completely conversant about Sachsenhausen and had done additional personal research about the camp and about many of the victims and survivors which added substantiallly to the educational merit of the tour. Sachsenhsusen and Maria made a profound impact on our family and particularly our teenage children, which was major objective of the day. When we returned to Berlin, she was able to direct us to a historic site we could have never found without her expert direction. Thanks to Mariea for one of the most memorable days of our family visit to Germany and France. Lawrence D. Hughes, Christina Frank, Lauren and Alex

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