‘Never Again’: Fighting Hate in a Changing Germany With Tours of Nazi CampsBreaking News
tags: Holocaust, Nazi, Concentration Camp
It was not the execution wall or the electric fence or even the description of the smell of human flesh burning day and night that made the teenagers stop cold.
It was the bunk beds.
In their wooden ordinariness, they spoke to the 10th graders visiting the former Nazi concentration camp of Sachsenhausen as no history book had. “This is how they lived,” whispered Damian, 15, his eyes taking in the tightly packed rows of ladderless three-level bunks.
When Jakob Hetzelein, a history teacher in a working-class district of northeastern Berlin, decided to take his students to Sachsenhausen, a short suburban train ride from the German capital, he was not sure how it would go down.
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