Horrors of France’s concentration camp

Natzweiler-Struthof - the camp entrance sign

Concentration camps were not limited to Poland and Germany during World War Two. France had one too, as The Connexion discovered

Everyone has heard of Auschwitz, Belsen and Treblinka. Not so many people know there was a World War Two concentration camp in France.

Alsace has changed hands between France and Germany several times in the last 150 years and it was part of the Third Reich when the Nazis opened Natzweiler-Struthof in the Vosges mountains in 1941.

It was a labour camp, not a death camp – originally set up to quarry pink granite to rebuild Germany – but it was deadly.

Of the 52,000 prisoners who were sent to Natzweiler and its sub-camps between ...

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