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Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp

Trip at a Glance

  • Locations

    Berlin, Berlin, Germany

  • Activities

    Heritage-History Tour, Sightseeing

  • Price
    $20 USD per person
  • Duration

    6 hours

  • Departure Day(s) and Time(s)

    Year round: every day except Monday, both East and West Meeting Points at 10:00am. Tour unavailable Dec. 25 and Jan. 1.

  • Starting Location

    West Meeting Point: In front of McDonalds, opposite main entrance to S+U Zoologischer Garten Train Station. Hardenbergplatz 2-4, 10623 , East Meeting Point: In front of "AM to PM" Bar/Restaurant, at S Hackescher Markt Train Station, Am Zwirngraben 4, 10178

  • Price Includes

    Qualified guides

  • Notes

    An ABC Zone Day transportation ticket is required for this tour. Tour unavailable Dec. 25 and Jan. 1.

Highlights

  • Uncover the realities of life and death in the camp: people fell victim to starvation, disease, forced labour and systematic extermination.
  • Visit the punishment cells, execution grounds and crematorium, Pathology Laboratory and Hospital, and the 'pit', which victims were thrown into.
  • Learn of stories of valour amid the horror, such as the British Royal Marine Commandos forced to test German army equipment, and hear about the fate of notable prisoners such as Stalin’s son, and the use of 'death marches' to murder remaining survivors before Soviet liberation
  • We also detail life and death in Special Camp No. 7/1, as Sachsenhausen was to become known under the Soviets. Until its closure in 1950, a further 60,000 men were held captive here, mostly former Nazi functionaries, German POWs and Soviet deserters.
  • Learn the sad facts of how ome 12,000 inmates died of hunger, cold and disease under the Soviets

Guide

Trip Info

On this history tour, we will take you through the Sachsenhausen concentration camp. More than 200,000 people were imprisoned here by the Nazis and some 50,000 were brutally murdered. Sachsenhausen was initially used to imprison political opponents. Later the camp was used as a training ground for the Holocaust once certain groups had been defined as racially or biologically inferior.

As the first purpose-built camp established under Himmler, Sachsenhausen was conceived as a ‘model’ structure. We explain how Nazi architects designed the grounds and buildings with a view to subjugating prisoners to the absolute power of the SS.

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