America 's Concentration Camps During World War II

1262 Words Dec 10th, 2014 6 Pages
Michael R. Ferrell Ferrell 1
Professor Marcotte
Humanities 2323 section 002
December 2, 2014
Word count: 1262
American G.I.’s in Concentration Camps
During World War II the atrocities committed by the Nazis were so violent, and so reprehensible that Germany is still trying to make amends for them to this very day. I decided to do my final paper on just one specific group of people terrorized by the Nazis in their concentration camps, American GI’s. These GI’s were sent to a camp known as Buchenwald. The off shoot of Buchenwald was known as Berga. Berga is a town in the Grietz district in Thuringia, Germany. Although, not initially used as a concentration camp, Berga would become one of Hitler’s most secretive and most infamous concentration camps during the war.
Approximately 20,000 American service members were held in concentration camps at some point during World War II. Berga, was the most infamous to house American POW’s. However, Berga did not start out as a concentration camp. In fact, it started as the very opposite. In the 1930’s Berga started as a young Nazi volunteer camp. Later, as historians came to discover, Berga was an off-shoot of Buchenwald another infamous concentration camp. After being captured many of the Americans said they were made to remove their boots, and march to the camp in waist deep snow. Upon arrival, they were registered into the camp by other American Service members by rank, serial number, and finally religion. Before deploying…
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