Today my family and I went on a field trip to the Flossenbürg Concentration Camp. This camp is located in the beautiful region of Bavaria in the city of Flossenbürg, Germany. The camp site borders the Czech Republic and was established in 1938 as a place for Jews and “asocial” criminals. However, Flossenburg ended up housing many political and foreign prisoners of war. Of the many people executed here, was Pastor Dietrich Bonhoeffer, who was known for his active resistance against Hitler.
My children, husband, and I spent much more time here than we expected. Not only was there so much to “see” but there was also so much to “feel.” Sure we know the “facts” as they are presented, but to dwell in that place was an entirely different experience. For our 10-year-old daughter, “H”, she was saddened by the somber feeling of death in the crematorium. She was so angry to know that so many senseless deaths had to occur due to the deception of the Nazi movement. My husband and I were touched when we were in the “Detention Courtyard” of the Detention Barrack. This is the barracks where the prominent prisoners were held – those representing prominence in the military, church, and politicians who objected National Socialism. It was there that Pastor Dietrich Bonhoeffer, General Hans Oster, Admiral Wilhelm Canaris, and many others were executed.
This was a very unique experience for us. To think that such terrible things happened in such a beautiful, peaceful, natural setting is hard to grasp. Today we thank God for the US Army liberating this camp on April 23, 1945. Today was a very fitting trip as we learned to be thankful for the lives we have and learn from the past. A very fitting trip to merge us right into the Sabbath! Now we are off to begin our Sabbath celebration….Challah is rising and will be put into the oven soon. Enjoy your weekend! I know WE WILL!
Below are some pictures I took today at the Flossenbürg Concentration Camp. There are pictures of journals, church buildings, bullet ridden brick walls where prisoners were executed, barracks, and many more. Clicking on each individual picture will enlarge your view. Enjoy.