Life and Sex in Nazi Concentration Camps

With the massive number of inmates in Nazi concentration camps, a main social structure developed, but many individual splinter social groups formed as well. This paper will investigate the main social group while taking a look at some of the splinter social groups. The different treatment of men and women in Nazi concentration camps will also be examined.Temporary prisons, which later became concentration camps, in Germany, originated around 1933.1 Concentration camps were used at first to hold political prisoners. German citizens were arrested and defined as political prisoners after being caught in riots initiated by Nazi supporters.2 The Nazis came into power creating a dictatorship. With this shift of power, more and more perceived enemies of the Nazis were sent to the concentration camps.In the beginning, the gas chambers were not utilized. Mass shootings and burials were performed by special Einsatzgruppen units.3 The need for change came after the German Einsatzgruppen soldiers started showing negative psychological symptoms. Ernest Klee uncovered an affidavit from Gustave Fix, a member of Sonderkommando i6, which said there were numerous men who were no longer capable of conducting executions and who thus had to be replaced by other men.4 Yet, with the mental breakdown of Nazi soldiers, the Nazis formed another plan to rid themselves of their enemies. concentration camps with a high death rate.Germans were very efficient. The routine could vary slightly, but concentration camp life as ordered by the Germans followed a faithful path. Survivor after survivor retold several key elements of arriving and surviving in a concentration c Jewish arrivals came from prisons, whereas criminals and other inmates came from local jails. Whether packed into overcrowded trains or trucks, the transportation to the camps was treacherous, many died along the way.Upon arriving in a concentration camp, men and women were separated. children went with the women.