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If a statue is shocking... 

How much more the terrible, thousand-fold reality? Photo and text Copyright Diana Mara Henry.

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Rules and hours for KLNA visitors 

"This camp where so many martyrs died for the homeland is more than a cemetery. Absolutely dignified behavior is a must. Decent dress and a respectful attitude are a necessity. It is forbidden to smoke and to bring animals." (left panel) On the right panel are listed the hours when this French National Monument historic site is open, and in the middle are the statutes governing the management of the camp by the French government. Photo and text Copyright Diana Mara Henry.

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From behind a curtain, a hand would reach out to wave 

Prisoners recount how on their forced march from the train station at Rothau,through Natzwiller village, behind a curtain they would see a woman wiping a tear, or a hand would wave....Photo and text Copyright Diana Mara Henry.

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Schirmeck, a "reeducation" camp nearby 

There were many different kinds of camp created by the Nazis: holding camps, reeducation camps, transit camps, extermination camps, and even within the concentration camp category,there were numbers to indicate the severity of treatment of the prisoners. Thus, Konzentrationslager Natzweiler (KLNa for short) was a catgory 3 camp, the harshest, condemning its inmates to death by overwork and starvation. Just a few miles away was the camp of Schirmeck, a "reeducation" camp for uncooperative Alsatians. The most obdurate and defiant ended up in Natzweiler; most eventually were dismissed. Its commandant, Buck, was vicious and many died there of mistreatment too. Today, the camp has been reconfigured as a pretty little housing development.... Photo and text copyright Diana Mara Henry

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Natzwiller Village 
The radiant little village of Natzwiller. The Germans named the camp Konzentrationslager Natzweiler, after this, the nearest town. The French prefer to call the camp "Le Struthof" after the little resort located up the hill from the town. Photo and text copyright Diana Mara Henry

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