Buchenwald was an army barrack. Then it became a concentration camp. It was not a fun place. The crematoria are still there. Most of the Sunday visitors are locals; it is somewhere to take the children.
Buchenwald Concentration Camp or KL Buchenwald
Is a bit north of Weimar in eastern Germany. The camp was seriously nasty. Most of the guards were enthusiastic sadists. F. F. E. Yeo-Thomas passed that way. His book, The White Rabbit [ his nom de guerre ] gives the nasty details at page 189 onwards. His testimony was very helpful in getting four perpetrators hanged. Jews were not treated as well.
PS There was a camp band as well as a brothel, costing 2 Marks a time. It was, notwithstanding a place of evil. It looks it to this day.
KL Buchenwald ex Wiki
Buchenwald concentration camp (German: Konzentrationslager (KZ) Buchenwald, IPA: [ˈbuːxənvalt]; literally, in English: beech forest) was a German Nazi concentration camp established on the Ettersberg (Etter Mountain) near Weimar, Germany, in July 1937, one of the first and the largest of the concentration camps on German soil, following Dachau's opening just over four years earlier.
Prisoners from all over Europe and the Soviet UnionóJews, non-Jewish Poles and other Slavs, the mentally ill and physically-disabled from birth defects, religious and political prisoners, Roma and Sinti, Freemasons, Jehovah's Witnesses (then called Bible Students), criminals, homosexuals, and prisoners of waróworked primarily as forced labor in local armaments factories. From 1945 to 1950, the camp was used by the Soviet occupation authorities as an internment camp, known as NKVD special camp number 2.