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Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp

Work to build the Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp started in 1936 and was the first camp to be built since Heinrich Himmler was appointed Chief of the Police. The camp was being built by prisoners as the Olympics Games were taking place in Berlin. It was unusual being built within an equilateral triangle shape and was designed to be a model for other camps and was also used for training the SS guards who were housed in the adjacent camp.

Roll call area

The entrance to the camp is set in the middle of one side of the triangle, with the roll call area in the foreground.

Laundry and kitchen

The buildings to the right and left were the camp's laundry and kitchen, they now house museums.

  • Last visit to Oranienburg: Oct 2009
  • Intro Updated Nov 2, 2009
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  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    Jun 25, 2014 at 4:14 AM

    Alan, You have put a lot of time and effort into these excellent pages. Thanks for the tour!

    • alancollins's Profile Photo
      Jun 25, 2014 at 4:42 AM

      Hi Dee, thanks for having a look at my Oranienburg page. I wanted to show to different things. There is a lot more to the town than its wartime history and the opposite side of the coin that there is lot more to see concerning its wartime history.

  • hunterV's Profile Photo
    Feb 26, 2012 at 11:42 AM

    Thanks for your interesting story!~

  • BruceDunning's Profile Photo
    Nov 21, 2010 at 2:52 PM

    It must be surreal to see all this in such a condition still intact for much of the history passed. The name has reputation, and remembered for a long time, no doubt. YOu described it very well, indeed.

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Apr 4, 2010 at 2:51 PM

    Amazing that there were about 140 prisoners working on counterfeiting £5 notes. I wonder what would have happened if those nearly 9 million British bank notes had actually been dropped into Britain.

    • alancollins's Profile Photo
      Feb 16, 2013 at 1:38 AM

      Hi Don, still finding new and interesting places in Oranienburg.

    • Nemorino's Profile Photo
      Jan 4, 2014 at 1:59 PM

      Again you have added a number of interesting and informative (and chilling) updates since last February.

  • evaanna's Profile Photo
    Jul 5, 2009 at 6:06 AM

    I'm afraid it's not the only camp that the Soviets took over from the Nazis and used for their own purposes. Majdanek can be another example. It must have been terrible to survive the horrors of the camp and die when you were finally free. Good updates.

  • scottishvisitor's Profile Photo
    Jul 8, 2008 at 2:33 PM

    Your interest in WWll is remarkable I do think Vt members should know about all these places - Personally I think it woud be too painful for me

  • Jul 2, 2008 at 5:03 AM

    Nice pictures! I see that u like a lot North Europe!

  • christine.j's Profile Photo
    Oct 19, 2007 at 3:19 AM

    Wasn't this camp also used for "displaced persons" after the war? I think I read something about it.


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