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Cruelty & Starvation
Every day must have been unbearable
Children were treated as cruelly as
adults, often used for experiments.

The "Final Solution" inflicted on the Jewish race by the Nazis for racial purity was the most horrendous and evil deception that mankind would ever witness. The fanatical Third Reich would now eliminate all who opposed them by killing millions in their extermination camps.
Those of their own nationality that were mentally and physically handicapped were not exempt from the horror to come (in one clinic alone, Haddamar in Germany they killed over seventy thousand) The Nazi objective was to breed a pure Aryan race, and gradually after a hundred or so years breed out the genetic defects in the German people. The cruelty and barbarity of the Nazi's was to murder all who they thought would be a threat, it surpassed no bounds.

The so called food ration they received daily, was potato soup, one piece of bread, some weak coffee fluid, a spoonful of marmalade, and a pitiful slice of cold sausage... that was a generous day. As food became very scarce, they had to live and work on an average of 160 calories a day (a bag of potato crisps, by today's equivalent) In all of the death camps hunger claimed the lives of many, many thousands of prisoners, their emaciated corpses were strewn everywhere, they died where they fell until the bodies were dragged away to be cremated. While this horror was evident to all, the S.S. ate heartily as food was more than abundant to those of the killing squads.

In Natzwieler, and Mathhausen many of the inmates were sent down the quarries to work, to hack away at the solid rock day after day until their hands bled, then push the barrow loads of rocks up and down the slopes hour after hour, with the S.S. beating them if found to be weakening. Their feet bleeding profusely from the sores caused by wearing the heavy wooden clogs.This most inhumane suffering caused misery and despair, many gave up, thus incurring the wrath of the guards who shot them on the spot.

The oven in Struthof Camp
The oven where thousands of bodies were disposed of.
Gallows in the camp square
The gallows at Struthof.
In all weathers they slaved away, soaked to the skin, burned by the relentless sun, frozen to their pitiful bony bodies by the blinding snowstorms that swept down on them.
If the forced work did not kill them, then the rampaging illnesses that spread like wildfire through the camp would…Typhus, dysentery, oedemas, pneumonia, abscesses, phlegmons, pulmonary diseases, and the frequent beatings caused their bodies to be coloured black and blue, the terrible pain that they suffered and the misery of this living death every day must have been unbearable! Those who became too weak to work were dragged to the medical centre, once there it was certain an injection of petrol would be given and death would be agonising.
Many were hanged in the camp square on the gallows, or taken down the steps and shot in the back of the head, giving delight to the mass of S.S. watching, then they would be dragged down the stone stairs to the crematorium and burnt. It was as bestial as that!
 
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