Photographer's Note

This is the obvious follow-up to my previous post. I didn't plan to post it first, as so far I posted only picture per location.

The heaven and hell connotation in my previous Weimar picture, and the first comment it got (thank you, Engergysavingelk) made me change my mind.


BUCHENWALD was a Nazi concentration camp established on a hill just outside Weimar. It was a forced labour camp. Prisoners came from all over Europe and the Soviet UnionóJews, Poles and other Slavs.

Many (suspected) communists were among the first internees. Prisoners also included mentally ill and physically disabled persons, homosexuals, Romani people, Freemasons, and prisoners of war, as well as ordinary criminals.

Insufficient food and poor conditions, as well as executions, led to 56,545 deaths of the 280,000 prisoners who passed through the camp and its subcamps.

Today the remains of Buchenwald serve as a memorial of exhibition and museum. You can visit in on your own or on a guided tour. The latter is highly recommended.


THIS PICTURE shows the infamous sign on the gate of the camp barracks.

"Jedem das Seine" is the German translation of Latin "suum cuique", a fundamental juridical concept meaning "to each his own". During World War II the phrase was cynically used by the Nazis, facing inward to be read by inmates. In this context the words can be translated: "You are getting what you deserve."


WORKSHOP shows the camp gate where the sign is located.

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