All those incarcerated in KZ Sachsenhausen passed through this gate which bears the old lie “Work Sets You Free.”
Despite the rain, we studied the barracks, camp prison and sites of unbearable cruelty.
The site of the gallows on the Appelplatz (roll call square). Behind is the Schuhkommando running track. Prisoners were forced to run for hours on end over rough and difficult surfaces to test the durability of footwear made for the military. Harsh punishments were administered to those who couldn’t cope with the pain or exhaustion.
The camp prison housed those who committed acts of disobedience including British POWs and, famously, Martin Niemoller, author of the poem ‘First they came for the communists…’