(THE INDEPENDENT) Managers at the former Nazi concentration camp of Sachsenhausen have outraged Germany’s Jewish community following revelations that they have started charging visitors for guided tours of the camp’s memorial site where tens of thousands were murdered during the Third Reich.
Sachsenhausen, which lies only a few kilometres north of Berlin, was one of the first concentration camps set up by the Nazis in 1936. More than 200,000 of the regime’s opponents were incarcerated there and tens of thousands of them were, beaten, starved, tortured or worked to death.
Like nearly all of the Nazi’s former concentration camps in Germany, Sachsenhausen now functions as a memorial museum which attracts some 400,000 visitors annually. The vast majority of the memorial camps are state run and until yesterday it had been widely assumed that entry at all of them was free.
However Germany’s Suddeutsche Zeitung newspaper today disclosed in an article headlined “Remembrance: