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Paige Steffen Mods 9-10, 15 January 28, 2013

THE TREATMENT INSIDE A CONCENTRATION CAMP

THIS IS PHOTO TAKEN ON MAY 8, 1945 AT A CONCENTRATION CAMP (LOCATION UNKNOWN) OTHERWISE KNOWN AS VICTORY IN EUROPE DAY

By: Paige Steffen

Paige Steffen Mods 9-10, 15 January 28, 2013

TREATMENT INSIDE A CONCENTRATION CAMP

In the long run, the sharpest weapon of all is a kind and gentle spirit, (Frank 50). It is estimated that 11,000,000 people were killed during the Holocaust. Approximately 6,000,000 Jewish men, women and children were

killed in concentration camps. 2,700,000 Jewish people were murdered in death camps such as Treblinka. Young children were often targeted by Hitler because they could grow up to reproduce a new generation of Jewish people. Approximately 100,000 Jewish people died during death marches. Auschwitz was the largest and most highly organized death camp in history. In Auschwitz and other concentration camps, most of the people died of overwork, various illnesses and starvation (Jewishvirtuallibrary.org Auconditions). The forced labor, illness, and unsanitary conditions the Jewish people (and other races) lived in, are all part of the excruciating treatment inside a concentration camp. In spite of everything, I still believe that people are really good at heart, (Goodrich and Hackett 122). Inside the concentration camps, prisoners worked eleven hours a day often until they died. The prisoners would spend hours each day draining ditches, erecting buildings and even digging their own graves (Jewishvirtuallibrary.com Holocaust). Mrs. Frank, Anne, and Margot could have gone to a work camp (Goodrich Hackett 119). The Jewish people and other prisoners of concentration camps would also have to build their own barracks,

Paige Steffen Mods 9-10, 15 January 28, 2013

and blocks. As the Holocaust progressed, various industries of the Third Reich made increasing use of cheap prisoner labor. A rubber and fuel factory had priority in obtaining prisoners to work in its factories. The constant over work, starvation, and beatings eventually lead to the deaths of the camp prisoners. The weak die out and the strong will survive, and will live on forever, (Frank 67). Illnesses were one of the leading causes of deaths in concentration camps. Epidemic Typhus was the most prevalent disease in concentration camps. Typhus (frequently called camp fever) is provoked by Rickettsia, which is a bacterium that lives in Lice. When prisoners live in poor conditions such as those in the concentration camps, and have a poor hygiene, the lice population increases drastically. Typhus is transmitted by scratching a lice bitten area due to the intense irritation and itching (Reference.com Concentration Camps). After Anne Frank was captured and sent to the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, she probably died from the typhus epidemic that broke out in the winter of 1944-1945 (Goodrich and Hackett 120). Overcrowding, poor sanitary conditions, and the lack of food, water, and shelter led to an outbreak of diseases such as typhus, tuberculosis, typhoid fever, and dysentery, causing an ever increasing number of deaths. It took only one person, such as Fritz Pfeffer (Mr. Dussel), to become sick. Once Mr. Dussel caught a disease such as Typhus, he could have easily passed it on to the others in his bunk (Goodrich and Hackett 84). Anne and her family had gotten sick and Margot had to keep

Paige Steffen Mods 9-10, 15 January 28, 2013

quiet because if she coughs she could be heard (Goodrich and Hackett 96). The Franks had to go to the concentration camps since they are Jewish (Goodrich and Hackett 12). Don't condemn me; remember rather that sometimes I, too, can reach the bursting point.(Frank 289). Communists, Social Democrats, trade unionists, Jehovah's Witnesses, Jews, Gypsies, Africans, and anyone who was associated with one of the people in hiding were all sentenced to the concentration camps (Ushmm.com Categories of Concentration Camps). The Franks, van Daans (van Pels) and Mr. Dussel were all Jewish and condemned to concentration camps if they were caught (Goodrich Hackett 8). After arriving at the transition camps the prisoners were separated into male and female lines by the SS doctors. If one was over fourteen and healthy one would be sent off to a work camp. If a person was a mother with young children, or an elderly person then they would be gassed immediately (Theholocaustexplained.org AuschwitzBirkenau/selection). Then the prisoners would be stripped of their clothes and sent to the extreme showers. Afterwards all their hair would be shaved off and then they would be tattooed with an identification number, and given the infamous striped pajamas along with a pair of wooden clogs. Once the Franks and the other four residents at 263 Prinsengracht were captured on August 4, 1944, this would have happened to all of them (Goodrich Hackett 120).

Paige Steffen Mods 9-10, 15 January 28, 2013

How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world, (Frank 314). The labors, conditions, and illnesses are all part of the treatment in concentration camps. The Holocaust began in January 1933, when Adolf Hitler came to power. The Holocaust officially ended on May 8, 1945 otherwise known as Victory in Europe Day (BBC.co.uk Ve Day). The majority of people were transported in cattle cars (Randomhistory.com Holocaust-facts). Randomhistory.com states Unlike other genocides in which victims are often able to escape death by converting to another religion, those of Jewish descent could be spared only if their grandparents had converted to Christianity before January 18, 1871 the founding of the German Empire.