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Freedom at last Why dont I feel it Why dont I feel it Bition-Jackson 205 In the late 1930s and the 1940s millions of people were killed during the Holocaust Death marches were a big part of the Holocaust In this report you will learn what death marches were what they were like how the prisoners were treated on them and about some of the specific death marchesDeath marches were forced marches to evacuate concentration camps late in World War II They were called Todesmarsche Rosenberg 1 The evacuation of the camps had three main purposes One the SS authorities didnt want prisoners to be taken by the enemy and live to tell their stories Two the SS troops thought they needed prisoners to keep the production of armaments going whenever possible Three some of the SS leaders believed they could use the prisoners as hostages to bargain for peace that would guarantee the survival of the Nazi regime The prisoners were evacuated from the concentration camps by trains ships and by foot The Holocaust 1 When they were evacuated from the camps they were not told what was happening or where they were going They were put into rows about five across and then they were put into a large column They were made to march often at a run through towns and on back roads Rosenberg 2 Hundreds were shot on death marches Many prisoners died of exposure starvation and pure exhaustion The death marches lasted almost to the very last day of the warDuring death marches SS guards brutally mistreated the prisoners Some of the groups had to march for hundreds of miles They were given little to no food or shelter Most of the marches happened during the winter so the prisoners were forced to march in the cold and snow
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