Concentration Camps: An Existing Proof of Man’s InhumanityIntroduction The Nazi concentration camps such as Auschwitz-Birkenau, Dachau, Sobibor and Treblinka are still preserved as museums and memorial camps today for public viewing. This is to remind people of a tragic history when men exhibited evil plans to purify the world from inferior people such as the Jews, gay people, Jehovah Witnesses and others who were deemed not fit to the pure Aryan race. Thinking about it now, it appeared to be such a stupid and thoughtless idea that I wonder why it lasted for almost a decade without any of the intellectuals impeding. This paper aims to relive the horror experienced by our unfortunate brothers and sisters who were brought to concentration camps and became victims to this horrendous event in history.Life and Death in Concentration Camps Past studies about the Holocaust reveals the motivation behind Adolf Hitler’s annihilation of the Jews and other races.
He believed that “they were responsible for Marxism, democracy, the outbreak of World War I, and Germany’s collapse in 1918, as well as being the invisible hand behind the Weimar republic” (Fischel 4). He became fed up with the Jews continuous settlement in the German land that they were being too involved with the country’s politics and businesses. Reasons like these seemed too shallow for Hitler to arrive to a “final solution” of exterminating the Jews and other localities which he believed did not belong to the upper or Aryan class of society. The mediums that the Nazi used to exhibit their evil purpose of wiping out an entire race and religion are the concentration camps. In camps such as Auschwitz, Dachau, Treblinka, Sobibor and Belzec, millions of inferior people primarily consisted of Jews died in various ways. The most common and quickest way of exterminating them was with the use of gas chambers. In the anthology of the Holocaust, Piper reveals that, “The efficacy of such conventional methods of killing is best illustrated by the fate of 10,000 Soviet prisoners of war who were transported to the camp in October 1941” (372). It was one of the first exterminations performed during the Holocaust wherein Piper added that, “After five months of starvation, hard labor, beatings and outright killings, only 945 were still alive on March 1, 1942” (372).
The prisoners were evidently treated like animals with no rights, dignity and privacy. Everything was taken from each individual regardless if material or spiritual belongings. In Marc Terrance’s Traveler’s Guide to World War II Sites, he writes that the famous lie that the Germans fed on the prisoners can still be seen on the entrance gate of the camp. “Arbeit Macht Frei” is a German phrase which means “work makes freedom” (13). Clearly, the hard workers never gained freedom until the end of war. It was not until over 6 million died from the order of Adolf Hitler that people started to “do something about it”.
Obviously, the Nazis did not intend to end the lives of the prisoners without them gaining from their labor. Prisoners were forced to do labor with the maximum strength that they could provide. The Nazis had clearly made sure that they maximize the use of these prisoners before they were exterminated. Upon researching for more external resources about the Holocaust, I cannot help but feel instigated with repulsion against the Nazi Germany. They have clearly played like gods at this point in history and it was quite surprising that they enjoyed it. How could a human being bring forth destruction to a fellow human not to mention—genocide? The thought of what happened in the Holocaust is quite disturbing. It shows how evil racism and persecution can be. It is also somewhat frightening because prejudice, racism and biases are still prevalent today.
People could not accept the fact that members of races, countries, and religions are all equal. It is power and wealth that triggers this kind of greed and self-importance to people. The idea that something as horrendous as this event in history existed highlights the fact that discontentment and inability to accept other people’s differences can produce horrors that no once can easily imagine as doable.Conclusion The Holocaust is clearly a proof that this world has once gone too far in promoting the famous phrase “the survival of the fittest”. A person like Hitler had put matters in his own hand which is a selfish thing to do.
Nobody has the right to manipulate God’s creation because it annoys you or threatens your power. Concentration camps are the visible evidences that would always remind people of what selfishness, power and racism can do to an entire race. These camps’ remains would always remind people of the reality that this world is a mortal place and that evil will always be present—unless we learn how to accept the shortcomings and difference of each and everyone we encounter.
Works CitedTerrance, Marc. Concentration Camps: A Traveler’s Guide to World War II Sites. Universal-Publishers, 1999.
Fischel, Jack. The Holocaust. Connecticut: Greenwood Publishing Group, 1998.Piper, Franciszek. “Auschwitz Concentration Camp.
” The Holocaust and History: The Known, the Unknown, the Disputed, and the Reexamined. Eds. Michael Berenbaum, Abraham J. Peck, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Indiana: Indiana University Press, 2002.