Field Trip – Flossenbürg Concentration Camp (Germany)

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  1. says

    I know too well the feeling that you experienced. In a place like that (and several others that I have visited) you feel it to your very core and you become stragely aware of something very spiritual that is not of this world. Once you experience that grief, you are changed and it never leaves you. I remember visiting a camp in Germany where the smell of death still lingers in the air. Having these experiences had made me so much more grateful for the freedoms that I have both as an American and as a child of God. Thanks for sharing! By the way if you have not read "The Hiding Place" (Corrie Ten Boom) or maybe the "Diary of Anne Frank" (for Hannah?) this might be a great read for you now.

  2. says

    WOW Thank you for sharing. My husband and I went to Dachau in 1999 and I remember being really upset while walking around and seeing the ovens and while I am glad I went I vowed never to go again as it was to over whelming for me. Now that I have children maybe I will consider going back and take them, but I want them to be a bit older first. This summer we spent some time at Normandy and seeing all the beaches and visiting the cemetery and museums. It was amazing. Thanks for joining the Field trip hop. Please link up again for your next field trip

  3. says

    Oh, my goodness, Carlie – I can’t imagine the emotions that must have been experienced being there. Just today, the holocaust was a topic of conversation in the car because we had just heard the story of an orphanage in the US that had beaten a boy to death (about 50 yrs ago) and we just started thinking about all the senseless, horrific things that people are capable of.

    And, then I had to stop talking because I felt sick to my stomach. Thank you for sharing your experience in the camp because it’s so important that we all remember so that these things don’t happen again.

    Glad you posted this on the Home Education Live Link-up so that I got to read it.

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