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Sachsenhausen was a German concentration camp during the period from 1936 to 1945. Later it was also used by Stalin's Russia, as a prison for political prisoners. It is located to the north of Berlin and was often used to train SS officers who then would be sent to administer other concentration camps.
Most of the prisoners were incarcerated because of their political beliefs. Many Soviet prisoners of war were executed here too, as were a smaller number of Jews. The Jews were normally sent to other concentration camps such as Auschwitz. Also imprisoned were homosexual, gypsies, artists and foreign nationals.
The living conditions for the inmates were deplorable and their treatment at the hands of the Germans was brutal. Basic facili... read more