The only somber and absolutely sobering day of the trip was when we spent an afternoon roaming the ruins of Buchenwald, the former Nazi concentration camp located just outside the city of Weimar. Buchenwald was one of the largest camps of its kind on German soil and SS records indicate that 33,462 people perished within its confines. More recent estimations push that number closer to 56,545 but regardless of statistics, this place is massive and I think taking these photos somehow helped me navigate the architecture of institutionalized mass murder still evident at every step. It was a haunted place and a harrowing afternoon...
"To Each His Own"
"My honor remains faithful!"
This field of wild flowers is where the former SS quarters stood before being bombed toward the close of World War II
SS guard trench