Early Nazi concentration camp excavated in Berlin
Published on September 10th, 2013 | by Sevaan Franks1
Columbia served as a training center to teach and perfect new torture methods that would later be employed to run Germany’s huge network of concentration camps around Europe.
“This was not just a place where people were terrorized and tortured, but a school of torture,” Bernbeck added. “The people who had been commanders of Columbia later turned into commanders of other concentration camps – at Buchenwald, at Sachenhausen, at Majdanek, in Auschwitz, so once you had gone through concentration camp Columbia, apparently this was this perverse career step in order to stay in the SS and become a commander elsewhere.”
Story: Michael Scaturro, The Atlantic | Photo: Free University of Berlin