Tuesday, 03.08.2010

Today the first place we went to visit is the Main Exhibition. Karin showed us the inmates´ clothes and explained each different triangle sewed to the clothes. Purple for the Johova´s Witness, red identified the political ones, pink is the homosexual, green for the criminals, black for those who considered ‘losers’ of the society, unemployed, prostituted, alcoholics, etc. And finally, yellow for the Jews.


It is believed that the beginning of the concentration camp took its place in 1939, which the WWII started. But actually, this started in 1933. So, in the beginning, the inmates were from Germany instead of other countries. It was little surprising for me. After that, we got audio guides for tour in this concentration camp. Actually, if you want to listen to the whole explanation from the audio guide, it takes six hours and a half. Therefore, I just listened to no.1, no.2, and no.3 about Introduction, the establishment of the Neuengamme concentration camp, and structure of the prisoners’ compound. We separated with an audio guide to where each of us is interested in.


I was interested in the lives of children of prisoners and the SS guards. Firstly, I started the research exhibition at the former SS garages next to the place where we are staying. This exhibition is about the SS guards and the trials. I watched a video about interviews with children of the SS guards. They didn’t do anything wrong in the past but some of them have to feel guilty, do the interview about their parents and their grandparents, and have bad opinions about them. They have to live with holding bad feelings for their family. This is very absurd and unreasonable. Therefore, I want to know how they lived with these feelings and the history and how the history influenced them. There were some interviews from the children who were not that close to their parents and grandparents who were the members of the SS.

Also, I wanted to know the lives of prisoners’ children but I had no time. However, fortunately, the children of prisoners visited us at dinner. Some of them helped us to prepare dinner. The dinner menu was Bulgarian and Russian food. The cooks were Maggi, Dasha, and Anton. Maggi cooked her country’s typical dish, “Tarator” which was like yogurt soup and Dasha and Anton cooked Russian food, “Vareniki”. It took a lot, so many people helped them. The dishes were very exotic and delicious.


After dinner, our guests from “Arbeitsgemanschaft”organization explained the history of the organization and how they have lived. It was very fascinating and interesting for me because I watched a video about the children of the SS guards in the day and heard the lives of the children of prisoners from themselves at night.

In the night, we had a national presentation. There are some pictures below.

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