Personal photographs of prisoners of the concentration camp Flossenbürg
(Flossenbürg Memorial Site or private property)

Most pris­on­ers were in­terned be­cause of their an­ces­try. Na­tion­al So­cial­ist ra­cial doc­trine main­tained that Jews and peo­ples of oth­er na­tion­al­it­ies and eth­ni­cit­ies were “sub­hu­man.“ The Nazis also per­se­cut­ed many peo­ple for their po­lit­i­cal be­liefs, cri­ti­ciz­ing the re­gime, or en­gag­ing in re­sis­tance. Oth­ers were im­pris­oned for their re­li­gious be­liefs or be­cause Nazi ide­ol­ogy re­gard­ed them as a threat to the “health of the na­tion­al body” (Volks­kör­per).

100,000 peo­ple from 47 coun­tries were in­terned at the Floss­en­bürg con­cen­tra­tion camp or one of its sub­camps: 84,000 men, 16,000 wom­en and even child­ren. Be­hind these fig­ures lie the in­di­vid­u­al fates of the pris­on­ers. Who were they? Why were they here? And what be­came of them?

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