Concentration Camp Sachsenhausen by train&walk (6h)

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Immersive daytrip to Sachsenhausen. 200.000 inmates passed this close to Berlin KZ. Experience their terrible inmate life. See ordinary man becomming mass murderers. Learn how to get along with it.

Highlights

  • The central concentration camp administration under Himmlers terror rule
  • See some stories of dayly inmates life
  • Learn about how difficult it is to create justice
  • Learn about how Germany tried over many years to create and keep awareness
  • Learn about the terrible mindset of the perpetrators

Description

We meet 9:30 at the station 'Oranienburger Strasse'. At the meeting point we will see the „New Synagogue“ and talk about Jewish life in Berlin in the 1920ies. Get an idea what happened here during the 'November pogromes' in 1938 – a story we will hear more about in Sachsenhausen. A regional train will bring us directly to the town of Oranienburg. Time enough to get an overview how Hitler came to power and how atrocities scaled up to the worst in 12 years Nazi dictatorship. In the town we will see some traces left by the red army liberating the camp on their way to the battle of Berlin. We will see the administrative-center of the evil and discuss about the organisation behind. On a huge overview map we learn how the 'business model' of this camp grew in only 9 years. We give you impressions about the chaotic lethal situation in an already defeated country. We must also talk about how more than 75 years of post war history have changed the site. It is among others the story of the soviet special camp after the war. The battle of the systems had a still visible impact on the development of awareness and remembering culture. Try to get in touch with the emotional problems the people of the perpetrators had to deal with. Get an idea why it took 3 generations. Discuss what learnings humankind was taking out of this dark past See how psychological scientists tried to find answers how so many people became willing perpetrators We will see/visit/talk: New Synagogue in Berlin Oranienburg train station where inmates were coming Soviet war memorial in Oranienburg Former Inspectorate of all 1.000 concentration camps Camp street with the former SS barracks The 'Green Monster' (SS canteen) The commanders house The perspective of the perpetrator in tower A The gate with the cynical writing „Arbeit macht frei“ The central roll call square with the grotesque Flower pots The shoe testing parcours The rebuild „Jewish“ barracks 38 and 39 The GESTAPO prison in the middle of the camp The central antifascist memorial site Station Z with crematory and ruins of the former neckshooting system The Infirmery barracks This tour is designed by Joerg Schoepfel, who studied Geography and Political Science. He came 1988 as a young man from West Germany to Berlin on the traces of David Bowie. German History of the last 200 years is his passion ever since - he changed it now into a profession. Of course the Nazi dictatorship left many scars in his family. Like many Germans he did not get good answers from the elder generations - he had to go through it by studies. He followed the questions so many people had. He found some answers in psychology and in stories of individuals. Joerg believes in a postive world and humankind. He understands his job as a mission to create awareness and learning from a terrible past. Joergs focus is on how life had felt for different people in past times - a perspective that in many ways is combined with psychology.

Includes

The entrance to the site is free.

Important Information

  • The site is full of information and exhibitions. We will do a curated selection. The tour includes an intense 15 minutes introduction on German history from end of WW I until the cold war divides Germany into two countries. Focus of the tour is towards psychology of victims and perpetrators and how German people but also humankind were trying to find explanations and learnings. Please consider, that there are many possible perspectives - this tour tries to show a range. This tour gets to its best if you ask loads of questions. For smaller children this tour can be very exhausting and also not understandable. The site is quite huge and we will walk quite a distance. Please let us know if you need a wheelchair at the site. We recommend to take some water and a sandwich with. We will have a 20 minutes brake at a snack shop. As this is a private tour we can try to change the starting time and meeting point. On the site you can not bring dogs.

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