January 31, 2014

Sorrow and Sacrifice during the Third Reich

31JAN - 02FEB

After loading up the vans at 0900 on Friday, we made our way north to the city of Weimar located in the German state of Thüringen. Along the way we made our first scheduled stop to the Flossenbürg concentration camp memorial. It was here that many lost their lives, including the renowned German pastor & theologian, Dietrich Bonhoeffer.

Here Dr. Allen Jones shares a little insight into the life and testimony of Dietrich Bonhoeffer; the life he gave up for the sake of Jesus Christ. The gravestone in the background commemorates this ground on which we stand as the place where his life was taken. "This is the end- for me the beginning of life."- Dietrich Bonhoeffer.

Students learned of the heavy and dark history that plagued this country during the Third Reich. Above, director, Jerry Orr, lectures on the concentration camps that were located throughout Europe. Each dot illustrated on the map represents what were once fully operational concentration camps during WWII.

Here at Buchenwald concentration camp, records indicate that nearly 240,000 people were confined during its existence between 1937-1945. Well over 40,000 people met the end of their lives behind these barbed wire fences. The building in the background was the camps' crematorium where the majority of the executions took place.

AMBEXers stand at the highest point of the Flossenbürg concentration camp memorial. Here at the highest point in camp, a chapel was erected in honor of those who lost their lives here. Now the symbol of Christ towers over this valley of death. God's children who died in this place, they will forever be remembered.

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