Friday, June 14, 2013

The Evil that men do: Concentration Camp visit, June 12 (Day 12)

I crashed the CJ class and Accounting class to go to a Concentration camp maintained in Belgium by the German SS. The concentration camp was in a place called Breendonk, about 25 minutes outside of Brussels and was initially built as a Bunker to protect one of the ports in Belgium from invasion in the mid 19th century, it was latter converted to a prison and was eventually taking over by the Germans between 1940 – 1944 after the Germans invaded conquered France and Poland, the invaded Belgium and made sure they crushed every resistance, the tour guide said resistance was broken into two types, the hard resistance that involved armed militia or raising arms against the Germans and soft militia that ranged from a newspaper man refusing to distribute German news paper to as basic as listening to BBC radio. All resistance was squashed with maximum force and offenders were sent to this concentration camp that had no economic importance to any economy but was only designed to break the backs and minds of people sent there, the details of what happened at that camp as described by the tour guide was grim and inhumane, but it’s a part of the worlds history we can’t deny no delete, so the best we can do is learn from it and make the best of it. We left the Concentration camp about 3:00 pm, by the time we got back we all were so tired that we had to take a nap before dinner.