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The Nazi's Use Of Triangles In The Concentration Camps

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As thousands of people were being deported into the concentration camp they didn’t know who they were even standing next to or even having the thought of going into the pits of hungry lions. They were like rats trapped in the corner by the Nazi officers who were like cats ready to prance at them. As they were assigned to their barracks they relieved triangles made of fabric sewn on the jackets and shirts (“Nazi Concentration Camp Badges”). The badge of shame had seven different types of colors, and each color had a specific meaning (“The Holocaust Revealed”). I think that these triangles helped to identify the different types of people easily for the Nazi officers.

Where did the triangles start from? Where did it all begin? This is the question we all ask, everything started from Dachau, the first concentration camp in Bavaria, Germany (“Dachau”). Dachau was just ten miles Northwest from a little city called Munich and built on March 20, 1933 (“The Holocaust”).It was located on an abandoned factory. This concentration camp led to other horrible camps such as Auschwitz and Birkenau (Youra). This concentration camp wasn’t like Auschwitz the death camp or extermination camp but it was more like a labor camp. They weren’t put into gas chambers and got killed, but most prisoners were worked to death (Dann 1). They worked in factories, repair shops, and many more, but many thousands of people were shot, beaten, tortured, and starved to death (Dann 2). Dachau was like hell for them or even much worse. The first year held four thousand eight hundred prisoners. The first people were primarily German communists, Social democrats, trade unions, political opponents. Later in time more people such as Jehovah’s Witness, homosexuals, and Gypsies came (Dachau). The officers needed a way to tell the difference from everyone.

In the end, Dachau was the first concentration camp to come up with a color code system of triangle. There were single triangle, double triangles, and some of them had letter printed on their stars. The doubles stars had two meanings. If there was a Jewish Political they would have to wear two triangles overlapping each other red and yellow or Jewish criminals would have to wear green and yellow (Mazal). The letters printed on the stars also had a meaning (Elman). For example B would be for Belgians or F for French (Nazi Concentration Camp Badges). Their color coding system was easy for them to see whose who.

First, political prisoners wore red triangles. They were the first prisoners to be sent to the concentration camp (Testard). In this...

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