This study of concentration camp architecture explores selected buildings from former National Socialist concentration, labor and death camps in Germany and Poland. By photographing the buildings from the same viewpoint and distance, the viewer can compare the structures.
The study is part of the larger project, Oppressive Architecture, that explores how architecture was used in the development of the NS terror system. The photos examine the inhumane ways that prisoners were forced to live and labor in German concentration, labor, and death camps as represented by their architecture. These structures continue to influence the contemporary landscape, its inhabitants, and our understanding of history. The project’s contribution is its documentation of a wide range of remaining physical structures of oppression. It also recognizes their historic value and raises questions about how architecture can be used to commemorate and reconcile a country’s past.