Gross-Rosen Concentration Camp

26 Jan 2018

Located about 65 miles southwest of Wrocław, the small, inauspicious German village of Gross-Rosen (today known as Rogoźnice) became the site of one of the largest and most brutal concentration camps in the Third Reich. Opened as a small satellite of Sachsenhausen in 1940, Gross-Rosen became an independent camp less than a year later and quickly grew into the largest in Lower Silesia with almost 100 sub-camps around the region. Known for its harsh conditions and high mortality rate, by the time the camp was liberated by the Soviet Army in early 1945 an estimated 125,000 inmates had been processed through its gates, 40,000 of whom never made it out alive. Today the former site of the camp serves as a memorial for those victims, as well as a public museum with several exhibits, an enlightening film and plenty of space for reflection.

While names like Auschwitz and Dachau have been burned into the collective consciousness, lesser known but no less significant camps like Gross-Rosen serve to remind us of just how extensive, efficient and horrifying Hitler’s concentration camp system was. Those who take on the challenge of travelling to Gross-Rosen can expect to leave not only with an understanding of the history of the site and the tragedy of the Holocaust, but also with a reaffirmed respect for human life and the human spirit; the same respect for life that the Nazi regime’s failure to possess plunged the people of Europe into the worst hell imaginable only two generations ago.

A Brief History


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Over a year ago
Carole watkis
Durham england
On Tuesday 9th of May myself and my partner visited gross-Rosen and what a wonderful day we had and this was all down to our amazing guide Marta Sadlocha the information she gave us was incredible she made our visit so memorable thank you Marta you are a beautiful young lady who is fantastic at her job
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