Buchenwald World Heritage Controversy

A controversy over the Buchenwald lager has erupted in Germany. The proposal of Thuringia authorities to insert the former Nazi concentration camp of Buchenwald in the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites is created controversy in Germany. The idea was cut down by the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (Faz), "What is there of 'creative genius', of extraordinary cultural tradition, of exceptional natural beauty or brilliant engineering art in this place?," the German newspaper asked, recalling the UNESCO's criteria for accepting a request. "One might rub one's eyes" in wonder, Faz doubled down, asking, "if from Thuringia or Germany, from the city in which Johann Gottfried Herder operated, there should be an overturning of the criteria for the concept of world heritage."

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Historic Truth behind Buchenwald

Buchenwald World Heritage ControversyThe Buchenwald concentration camp was one of the largest concentration camps on German soil. It was built between July 1937 and April 1945 on the Ettersberg at Weimar operated as a labour camp. Overall, during this period some 250,000 people from all over Europe were imprisoned in Buchenwald concentration camp. The death toll is estimated at about 56,000, including 11,000 Jews. During the approach of the third U.S. Army took over on 11 April 1945, the prisoners, the administration of the camp of the retreating SS , the eighth since the April many prisoners had by boycott and sabotage prevented her from the Nazis called the evacuation, and the U.S. Army called by radio for help.

After withdrawal of U.S. troops, parts of the site of the Soviet occupation forces were as Special Camp No. 2 used. It existed until 1950 and called 7000 deaths. On the grounds of the former camp, the government of East Germany opened the 1958 National memorial Buchenwald. Today can be found in the redesigned 1991 to Buchenwald many exhibitions on the history of the concentration camp.

National Memorial Buchenwald Concentration Camps
National Memorial Buchenwald Concentration Camps

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