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22. Lost Generations


In Buchenwald, more than 6,000 inmates died each day from starvation, torture, beatings, and illness. Buchenwald was not an extermination camp; it supplied labor to the local manufacturing plants. It was however a place of brutal punishment. Some prisoners were burned with phosphorus, flesh to the bone, to be used then to test drugs in the treatment of burns.

Prisoners in Buchenwald and Dachau weighed 60-80 pounds on the average. Most had lost 50-60% of their normal weight and had shrunk to less than their normal height. In many cases, irreparable mental and physical damage resulted.

The prisoner on the left was from Dachau; the prisoners on the right were from Buchenwald.

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