Schirmeck, a "reeducation" camp near the KLNa

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There were many different kinds of camp created by the Nazis: holding camps, reeducation camps, transit camps, extermination camps, and even within the concentration camp category, there were numbers to indicate the severity of treatment of the prisoners.

Thus, Konzentrationslager Natzweiler (KLNa for short) was a category 3 camp, the harshest, condemning its inmates to death by overwork and starvation ( like Mauthausen.).

Just a few miles away was the camp of Schirmeck, a "reeducation" camp for uncooperative Alsatians. The most obdurate and defiant ended up in Natzweiler;  but many prisoners eventually were dismissed.

Schirmeck's commandant, Buck, was vicious and prisoners died there of mistreatment, too. Today, the Schirmeck camp sit ehas been reconfigured as a pretty little housing development....

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Sicherungslager Vorbrück-Schirmeck (Schirmeck-La Broque Camp),


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