Cemetery section for concentration camp victims in the Park Cemetery in Essen

Pictures and text by Mark R. Hatlie

These pictures were taken on 10 June, 2007 in the Parkfriedhof in Essen. This is a small gravesite among "normal" graves in one of the sections near the entrance.

Of those people of Essen buried here, five were women, three of whom died in Auschwitz, two in Buchenwald. The 47 men buried here died at various concentration camps. Among them were Heinrich Bekes and Heinrich Bowinkelmann who were put in camps because of their membership in the German Communist Party.

Under the barbed-wire stylized star of David, it reads, "Here lie 52 citizens of Essen who died in concentration camps from 1933-1945." (Hier ruhen 52 Essener Bürger die von 1933-1945 in Konzentrationslagern verstorben sind.)
The stones show names with dates of birth and death.

The visit to this location was paid for by a research grant from the
American Public University System.
"Educating those who serve."

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