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The Unspeakable of Flossenburg Concentration Camp

I want to write for their memory. The honor of those who lived such terror. Victims of Hitler’s rage and insanity.

Sixty million people lost their lives because of him.

That’s New York City more than eight times.

But to try with my words feels trite. Not enough. Because it’s all so unspeakable.

Truly UNspeakable.

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWhat were their thoughts when they looked out the windows? What did they see? Could they dream of the freedom I feel when I look out a window on a sunshiney day? I cannot imagine…OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe SS forced the prisoners to stand in the courtyard for roll call, many times for hours on end. Often they made them watch as they executed someone in the gallows there. Then they had to walk by as they were dismissed.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAA bowl, cup and utensil of one of the prisoners. Most of them tied these around their necks so nobody would steal them. For, they did not get any food if they had nothing to put it in.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERABoots worn in the Death Marches at the end of the war. The Nazis marched the prisoners who could walk deeper into the country to try to kill them off before they could be liberated.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis is where the Nazi administration stayed. Max Koegel was the last one in charge there. He killed himself the day after he was captured. All I could think as I looked up at those windows was “What the heck were you thinking?” Truly unthinkable.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIf these walls could talk, I am honestly not sure I could handle what they would say.  OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA“The men and women who gave their lives for people’s freedom and justice.” (My very broken German translation.)

The building in the background is where Dietrich Bonhoeffer and five other men who tried to assassinate Adolf Hitler on July 20, 1944 were martyred on April 9, 1945. It was eleven days before the camp was liberated by the Allies.

You can read more about Flossenburg Concentration Camp here.

*I imagine I will write more someday, but for now, I will only remember. And I will hope that as I do I will honor those who died. And live differently for their memory.

14 Thoughts on “The Unspeakable of Flossenburg Concentration Camp

  1. Thinking? Heartache and tears and appreciation for your incredible pictures to help remind us, that this could happen again. How painful and yet necessary

    • Yes. Painful. Necessary. It’s hard to express the gratitude for the freedom we have and at the same time try to process the horror they lived. Even after they were freed…

  2. Brianna were you there on the anniversary of Bonhoeffer’s death? April 9.

    Thank you for “taking” me there. I have wanted to go there since reading Metaxas’ biography.

    Marilyn

    • Hi Marilyn! I was thinking of you, knowing how much you admire Bonhoeffer. No we were just 2 days short of that anniversary. I’m planning to write about him in the next few weeks. I am finding so much deep encouragement from his story.

  3. Brianna–thank you for mentioning, for showing the sobering UNthinkable.

    What am I thinking?

    If we forget to remember, we will fatally repeat history.

  4. Linda on April 12, 2013 at 2:03 am said:

    You have done a beautiful job of honoring and remembering the people who suffered and died there. It was hard to see but it needs to be seen and remembered. Thanks for sharing and thanks for taking us there….

    Mom

  5. Your photos are a fitting tribute to those who died. I’m glad I got to experience this through your eyes.

    • Thank you, Kathleen. I hope I can write more someday. I feel like I should have some kind of profound thoughts inspired by that place. But all I have is just this sort of silent I-don’t-know what for the horrors I cannot imagine.

  6. I am so moved Brianna, I can hardly write. If there only was something to have made this part of mankind NOT to have happened. You shared it very well for us. Thank you.

  7. chrismorriswrites on April 13, 2013 at 4:35 am said:

    Tears are streaming down my face as I look at these pictures. I have no words. Thanks for taking these and reminding us all of something we must never forget.

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