Early Nazi concentration camp excavated in Berlin

Published on September 10th, 2013 | by Admin


The Columbia Concentration Camp, ran by the Nazis between 1933 and 1936, is undergoing excavation in Berlin.

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.”

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Story: Michael Scaturro, The Atlantic | Photo: Free University of Berlin

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One Response to Early Nazi concentration camp excavated in Berlin

  1. Hels says:

    Bernbeck was quoted as saying “The Nazis let people out purposefully after short periods of time so that word of how they were treated would spread. It was a way to terrorize opposition groups, to shut them up.” Yet I wonder if the site was mentioned in survivors’ testimonies or in Yad Vashem. How strange that era, so close to our own, was.

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