The number of forced labour camps was massive. We only remember the ‘big names’, but Buchenwald e.g. had no less than 136 ‘satellite camps’…
Close to Buchenwald is an very big memorial, build between 1954 and 1958, a nice piece of DDR architecture. Alongside three circular graves where in March/April 1945 thousands of people were burried, is the ‘Street of Nations’, as a memorial to the 18 different nationalities of the prisoners in Buchenwald. A Russian group had just paid tribute, by leaving a crown and some flowers.
The first five pictures are from Dora-Mittelbau. Picture two is an improbable coincidence: twisted iron seeming to form, when viewed in the right angle, the word ‘live’… Only the last letter is missing, as if live here terminated prematurely.
PS: this blog post is part of my trip to the former DDR (GDR). Here you can find the first blog post.