11:20 - 19:00
On 21 March 1933, right in the centre of the town of Oranienburg near Berlin, an empty factory building became the first concentration camp in Prussia. Today, the memorial centre at Sachsenhausen tells the story of the concentration camp at the sites where it took place. The memorial centre at Sachsenhausen tells the story of one of the biggest concentration camps on German territory from 1936 to 1945.
The T Building housed the central administration office for all the concentration camps. The part of the camp known as the “Zone of Interest”, along with many auxiliary camps, housed around 200,000 inmates who were enslaved and exploited as forced labour by local industry. Several tens of thousands of prisoners died as a result the inhumane working and living conditions and the brutal treatment, or were gassed, shot or subjected to medical experiments.
From 1945 to 1950 the site was used as a special camp by the NKVD, the Soviet secret service. It was what was known as a silent camp, and around 60,000 internees lived there under the most miserable conditions. Around 12,000 of them died due to conditions in the camp, hunger and disease.
On Sunday, 14th August, the LINKE Berlin Internationals and Berlin DSA are organising our fourth trip using the €9 monthly train ticket to visit undiscovered Germany. Costs are free if you have a travel ticket. A historian who works at Sachsenhausen will be providing us with a guided tour. NOTE: we haven’t received a final confirmation from the historian, so there is a small chance that we’ll have to postpone this tour to 28th August.
Meet at Alexanderplatz S-Bahn station at 11.20 at platform 3. We will be taking the 12.32 S-Bahn towards BER Airport, changing at Ostbahnhof and Ostkreuz. If you’d prefer to join us in Ostkreuz, we’ll be taking the 11.47 train to Oranienberg.