Last year my wife and I were visiting her mother in the Palatinate. Having recently read Anna Seghers 'the seventh Cross ' which I can highly recommend. This novel tells the story of a breakout from the fictional Westhofen KZ which is based on Osthofen KZ conveniantly located in the next village to my Mother in laws we decided to pay it a visit.
Concentration camp Osthofen was in service between 1933 and 1934 and was established in a paper factory. Nowadays the former camp residents a documentation center with exhibits and archive.
In March 1933, the first political prisoners arrived at concentration camp Osthofen. Till the autumn of 1933 the camp was under SA control, after this period it came under control of the SS. In total, there were 3,000 internees imprisoned in this camp. In contrast of other concentration camps there were no deaths in KZ Osthofen. Nevertheless, the internees suffered from abuse, disease, hard work and bad hygienic conditions. The detention duration amounted to usually 4 to 6 weeks, in individual cases up to one year. In May 1934 all German concentration camps were reorganized and it was concluded that Osthofen was not useful anymore. July that same year, KZ Osthofen was closed.
Pic 1 and 2 is the main entrance now and then.
Pic 3 is the entrance to what would have been administration, processing etc
Pic 5 is prisoners accomodation block and pic 6 is looking out of the main gate past the admin building.