Buchenwald Concentration Camp
Situated on the northern outskirts of Weimar, Buchenwald concentration camp is a sobering experience. The surroundings are very bleak and many of the original buildings have been demolished but a few still remain to give you an idea of what the camp looked like and to house the historical exhibitions of life there. Some of the exhibits, through personal letters and accounts, show how much the German captors believed in what they were doing; other exhibits display how cruelly those beliefs manifested themselves in the treatment of the prisoners. Yet others show how the human spirit endured in the harshest of conditions as each prisoner struggled to survive. This is not a place for the faint-hearted but a place for remembrance. Admission is free and it can be reached in about 15 minutes from Weimar. [more]
Although just a few buildings survived till our days, the camp still leaves a strong impression. We came there on a very cold day and up there on the hill it was extremely windy and therefore even colder. We had to walk a little from the parking to the office where they give the map of the territory and I started to think that people who were convicted here had no warm cloths and they were working outside no matter what kind of weather it was.
The scenery around looks kind of depressing even without the fact that it was a concentration camp.
One of the exhibitions tells the story of the people who were working in different years in camp and another exhibition is about the victims. It is very well made and gives a good perspective of the camp life.
On the stand which is basically a guest book I've read some impressions and it shocking to know that some people think that concentration camp is a great idea... Not everyone gets the whole idea and a peaceful message of the museum.. [more]