When I arrived at this camp my first impression was that there was nothing here. There are a few barracks buildings left. Remains of walls and building foundations. One of the barracks is used as a museum and is crammed full of items and history of the camp. Take a walk to the very rear of the camp and you will find the camps crematory and what is referred to as "The Valley of The Dead". This area contains the bones and cremations of thousands of prisoners who were tortured and died at Flossenburg. I little known fact to most people is that for every concentration camp there are many sub camps that operate under it. Flossenburg had a total of 84 Sub Camps.
Below are statistics of the camp.
Konzentrationslager Flossenbürg was a Nazi concentration camp built in May 1938 by the Schutzstaffel (SS) Economic-Administrative Main Office at Flossenbürg, in the Oberpfalz region of Bavaria, Germany, near the border with the Czech, Republic then known as Czechoslovakia. Until its liberation in April 1945, more than 96,000 prisoners passed through the camp. About 30,000 died there. Notable inmates included: Bertram James ("Jimmy" James), RAF, survivor of the Great Escape / Prince Philipp, Great-grandson of Queen Victoria / Dietrich Bonhoeffer, German Lutheran pastor and theologian.On the death march to the Dachau concentration camp, SS guards shot any inmate too sick to keep up. Before they reached Dachau, more than 7,000 inmates had been shot or had collapsed and died.
I simply cannot describe the feelings that one experiences when they visit a concentration camp.
One can feel the pain and anguish of the people who suffered tremendous torture there. A visit to any concentration camp is never fun. It is most certainly our obligation to educate ourselves as to the atrocities that took place so that it will never happen again.
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