Daily life

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‘Behind Barbed Wire’ by Henri Pieck (1895-1972)
© 2011 Yad Vashem The Holocaust Martyrs' and Heroes' Remembrance Authority.

Over the 12 years from 1933 until 1945 the Nazis developed over 20,000 camps across Europe, These camps varied in their use and design. However, the systems of administration and control used across and within these camps were very similar.

This section of The Holocaust Explained describes and explains the various aspects of camp life, from transportation through to arrival, daily routines, meals and work.

Learn about the experiences of camp inmates by reading the various stories, interpreting the images and diagrams and listening to the testimonies of Holocaust survivors.