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“Historically significant ”
Review of Buchenwald

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Owner description: This concentration camp is a powerful reminder of the horrors of Hitler's Germany.
Reviewed 31 December 2013 via mobile

Buchenwald, though the site of over 50,000 deaths, was not a death camp. However, the atrocities that occurred there were unspeakable, and the pictures that were taken, the first to be published around the world, are important historically. Before the liberation of Buchenwald, the world had only heard rumors of such atrocities; now there was photographic evidence. Furthermore, after The liberation of Buchenwald, Weimar citizens, who lived only a few km away from the camp for years, were forced to tour the grounds and see first hand the results of the Nazi's inhumane treatment of the "prisoners."

There are elements at the camp that add to the eerie aura, such as the Nazi's zoo juxtaposed with the crematory ovens. There's also an extremely informative museum on the grounds, though many of the relics (letters, objects, etc) have information only in German. Touring the camp is free, though you might want to have some coins on hand to purchase some brochures. Plan to spend at least two hours there if you are going to the museum.

2  Thank elizarenn
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Reviewed 15 November 2013

The day trip on the train from Berlin Hauptbahnhof to Weimar takes 2.5 hours, costs for second class 116 euro, 188 euros first class, return. Change train at Naumburg. Costly, not a day trip for the budget traveller. Train was crowded. We had second class tickets, obviously did not have reserved seats, which we did not realise,(so not sure how to reserve seats as we had asked) so when we sat, we were asked to move as we were sitting in people's reserved seats. Anyway, a passenger suggested we sit in the cafe carriage, order a coffee and sit there for the trip. We did, and it was great. We chatted to waiter, other Germans; it was interesting, and we spotted a few castles along the journey. Bus from Weimar to Buchenwald through beautiful forrest, a dramatic contrast to the grim, sombre reality of the horrors of Buchenwald. Audio tour a must. Very informative. Barracks razed to the ground, but museum interesting, crematorium gruesome and crates of prisoners' shoes, bowls, more recently unearthed, unearths sorrow. It's our history, we must not forget. It's an unforgettable experience to visit a concentration camp.

3  Thank aussie065
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Reviewed 27 September 2013

The sheer scale of this site takes the breath away. For English visitors, it is worth going to the shop first to buy a guide book. The signage is a bit inadequate, but it doesn't detract. I found it sobering to try to walk around the entire site - the physical effort on what was a cold day brings to mind that this had to be endured by starved individuals forced to run. The children's quarter on a distant edge of the camp is poignant, as is the post-Nazi graveyard of prisoners executed by the Soviets. Allow much longer than you would imagine necessary - I spend at least four hours there. There was a very good display in what I believe was the clothing store (a huge building), and another good one in the delousing area.

4  Thank Paul T
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Reviewed 17 September 2013

This memorial site, naturally, can only give a rough impression of the magnitude of the atrocities committed here. All but one of the barracks are gone, so you get a view of the vastness of the concentration camp, but not how crowded it must have been. The crematorium is still there, including the setup where unsuspecting inmates were shot in the neck under the pretense of a medical exam. Don't miss the excellent and thorough exhibits in the buildings at the far end of the compound; that's where you get most of the information about the background of the camp and the life of the prisoners.

2  Thank Michael J
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Reviewed 29 August 2013

This is a very emotional site but important that we can honour the memories of all those poor souls who perished under the control of the Nazis in WW2. It is a real lesson in history and difficult to believe that such a peaceful & beautiful site that it is today, was the site of such atrocities. Well worth a visit. Very sobering & shocking.

3  Thank Middydee
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