Is the Flossenburg Concentration Camp well known? Have you heard of it? I don’t believe I’ve ever heard of it before this week. But today, my wife and I spent hours walking around what’s left. There are less than half a dozen buildings still standing, not counting the guard towers. The old laundry and shower building still stands and is now converted into a museum. Wow. Just wow. What a solemn experience.
The crematorium still stands, along with the actual furnace used to dispose of the bodies. This camp supposedly held over 100,000 prisoners throught the 30’s and 40’s from countries all over the world. 7 from the US. I think it was 7.
The museum was very graphic–showing films and pictures of the camp laborers alive and dead. I’m not sure which ones were more pathetic to witness–the living, or the dead. It was depressing, but educational and inspiring.
If you’re ever wandering around Bavaria, I highly recommend stopping by this place.