Hovering above the camp are pulsating columns of smoke –
as yet, still that normal smoke from burning wood.
The camp was created just outside of Stutthof (now Sztutowo), and 22 miles east of Danzig.
Originally, only 150 Polish Communists were sent there. At the end, 115,000 passed through.
85,000 of them died.
The first prisoners were forced to create and build the camp. They were treated somewhat well. That changed however.
1,056 SS soldiers worked here by June 1945. Some include:
Created soap out of Jewish fat. He never was brought to court. This maybe a hoax.
He was never tried for his crimes at Stutthof, but of 13 war crimes. He was hanged in 1936.
A woman known for her brutal treatments. She was hanged for her crimes.
There was a Typhus epidemic in 1942. People were either shot or tested on.
Soviet Soldiers impersonated as doctors to torture prisoners.
The "Hospital" had 500 people in there per day alone. Most didn't make it out alive.
The camp had a gas chamber, gas vehicles, a "hospital" and housing for 15,000 prisoners.
This camp continued until January 1945. The Soviets entered Poland. All prisoners had to evacuate.
Know as the "Death March", tens of thousands from the camp died as they tread West.
Jewish Women were sent to Baltic Sea. They were shot and drowned.
Only about 100 people were able to hide in Stutthof during the Death March. They were found by Soviet troops.