Sachsenhausen Tour

The INVENTION OF HELL Tour

5 HOUR TOUR | includes private transportation & driver

THE SACHSENHAUSEN CONCENTRATION CAMP MEMORIAL

Jewish Barracks
Jewish Barracks
Appelplatz
Appelplatz
Arbeit Macht Frei Gate
Arbeit Macht Frei Gate

Visit the Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp Memorial & Museum and learn about life and death in a Nazi ‘Protective Custody Camp’; the architecture of total control and what inhumanity, humanity is capable of in its darkest moments.

An opportunity to assess Sachsenhausen’s role as the nucleus of the entire Nazi concentration camp industry; a prison to many notable figures; and the site of numerous bizarre developments in Nazi research and military strategy – but also a proving ground for the methods and practices that would lead to the ultimate horror of industrial mass murder and genocide.

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

…the Tower A entrance & ‘Arbeit Macht Frei’ lettering, the Appelplatz roll call area, the Jewish barracks, the special SS/Gestapo prison, the KGB/NKVD camp, and much more…

PRICE: 750€
($800/£640)
inc 19% VAT

Sachsenhausen prisoners at the Tower A entrance/Bundesarchiv, Bild 183-78612-0002 / Unknown author / CC-BY-SA 3.0

Most people, when asked about Nazi camps, would point East – to the extermination camps that gained notoriety through the Holocaust: to AuschwitzTreblinkaMajdanek etc.

The truth is, however, that these camps came relatively late in the history of the Third ReichTheir predecessors – the concentration camps – such as Sachsenhausen, were constructed within Nazi Germany in the 1930s.

Devised as a so-called ‘protective custody camp’ to house political prisoners, Sachsenhausen grew to become not only the nucleus of the entire Nazi concentration camp industry; but also a proving ground for the methods and practices that would lead to the ultimate horror of industrial mass murder and genocide.

Despite the passage of time, the Tower A entrance to the Sachsenhausen Camp Memorial – emblazoned with its infamous “Arbeit Macht Frei” lettering – still stands as a threshold to another domain.

Missing are the sights, sounds, and smells of casual brutality. Instead of the cramped suffocating architecture of totalitarianism, a vast open field graced with rows of stone markers – where barracks houses once stood – exists in its place.

Constructed by the Nazis, inherited by the Soviet authorities, and transformed into a memorial by the East German government –Sachsenhausen is a startling example of how different regimes chose to use the same land for purposes of punishment and propaganda.

Sachsenhausen prisoners at roll call/Bundesarchiv, Bild 183-78612-0008 / CC-BY-SA 3.0
SS Unterfuhrer at the Appellplatz/Bundesarchiv, Bild 183-78612-0010 / CC-BY-SA 3.0

Writer Hannah Arendt referred to the concentration camp as the ‘true central institution of totalitarian organisational power’ – designed for the systematised dehumanisation and destruction of human personality. The ‘theory and practice of hell’ materialised.

A thought-provoking and often uncomfortable journey –the former Nazi concentration camp of Sachsenhausen stands as a warning from the past and a recommended excursion from Berlin to all interested in learning more about the conditions where gratuitous cruelty flourished and experiments to cultivate inhumanity succeeded.

Sachsenhausen now is a place to pay respects, to reflect, and to bear witness. To observe the preservation of memory as a vital tool against the tyranny of forgetting what humanity is capable of in its darkest moments.

HISTORY BEYOND THE MYTH

Sachsenhausen visit by Wilhelm Frick and Heinrich Himmler/Bundesarchiv, Bild 183-41630-0001 / CC-BY-SA 3.0

We will not only examine what remains of the Sachsenhausen camp in its current form as a memorial and museum site but also deal with the important issues associated with this hugely significant location and its tragic history. 

  • What was special about the design of the Sachsenhausen concentration camp?
  • Were the Nazi concentration camps inspired by the British?
  • Was Sachsenhausen a ‘Holocaust camp’?
  • Was it possible to be released from a Nazi concentration camp?
  • How did the Nazi methodology of industrial killing develop?
  • Was the Nazi party democractically elected?
  • How close did the Nazis come to developing an atomic bomb?
  • Were the Nazi medical experiments useful?
  • What inspired the racial theories of Nazi Germany?
  • Did Hugo Boss design the Nazi uniforms?
  • Was Joseph Stalin’s son killed by the Nazis?
  • Did the Nazis manage to counterfeit the US dollar during WWII?
  • How many times did Hitler survive assassination?
  • Were the Anglo-American air attacks on Berlin war crimes?
  • What was the relationship between Nazi Germany and the Vatican?
  • How was the history of the Sachsenhausen concentration camp presented in East Germany?
  • What were the difference between the Nazi protective custody camps and the camps of the Soviet GULAG?

Included Tour Sites

Sachsenhausen prisoners move a transport wagon/Bundesarchiv, Bild 183-78612-0011 / CC-BY-SA 3.0
  • The Tower A Entrance
  • The New Museum (constructed by the East German government)
  • The ‘Green Monster’ canteen building used by the SS
  • The infamous “Arbeit Macht Frei” gate
  • The Appelplatz roll call area
  • The Jewish barracks
  • The special SS/Gestapo prison
  • The isolation barracks
  • The former kitchen barrack
  • The execution yard
  • The industrial yard/foundations of Station Z execution facility
  • The site of the Sachsenhausen gas chamber
  • The crematorium site
  • The remains of the Soviet-era NKVD/KGB camp
  • The pathology building
  • The hospital building
  • The site of the camp brothel
  • The international memorials & graves

Price

750€ for a 6 hour private van tour – max 6 person group ($910/£685)

includes 19% VAT, guide fee, booking fee, admin fee, transportation and driver costs, and tourism insurances.

Transportation

All vehicles are recent model Mercedes Benz V-class/Volkswagen Caravelle vans suitable for up to six people.

For larger groups we also provide mini-vans and buses (up to 60 people).

Location

Our tours can start whenever and wherever is best for you. Whether you’re an early bird or late sleeper.

Whether you prefer to start at your accommodation or elsewhere.

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