"I went to Struthof in Alsace"
Natzweiler-Struthof - Credit: Hautala
was a concentration camp situated in the Alsace
region of France, which during the war was annexed by Germany as part of the Third Reich. It was in operation from 1941-1944 and an estimated 52,000 people were kept prisoner there; around half of them were killed. There was a gas chamber and crematorium, and medical experiments were performed on a number of inmates. In September 1944, prisoners were forced to partake in a death march to Dachau
; some weeks later, Natzweiler-Struthof became the first camp in Western Europe to be reached by Allied forces. The site now holds a museum and memorial