Morbid Fact Du Jour For April 28, 2017

Today’s Treacherous Yet Truly Morbid Fact!

Sachsenhausen prison camp was established in 1936. It was located 35 kilometres (22 mi) north of Berlin, which gave it a primary position among the German concentration camps: the administrative centre of all concentration camps was located in Oranienburg, and Sachsenhausen became a training centre for Schutzstaffel (SS) officers (who would often be sent to oversee other camps afterwards).  

The initial prisoner population at Sachsenhausen consisted primarily of political enemies. On November 10, 1936, the SS murdered Gustav Lampe, a communist and member of the Reichstag. An SS Block Leader had thrown his cap over the sentry fence, and while Lampe was trying to retrieve it, as he had been ordered to do, he was “shot while attempting to escape”.

Sachsenhausen “No Go Zone” as seen during my 2014 visit.

Culled from: Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp 1936-1945

If you’re interested in learning more about Sachsenhausen, please take a look at the travelogue of my 2014 visit.  I need to go back.  It’s a fascinating place.

European DeSpair: Nineteen-Thirty-Sick!


Morbid Art Du Jour!

The other day one of my favorite Facebook pages, The Order of the Good Death, kindly posted a link to a collection of morgue photographs taken by Andres Serrano in 1992.  I clicked and was immediately stunned by the emotional beauty of these simple images of corpses, each with a title indicating the cause of death (“Killed by Four Great Dane Dogs” and “Suicide with Rat Poison” being the most colorful).  I was left feeling numbed by the loneliness of death and wondering what the title of my corpse will be (I’m suspecting something drab like, ‘Heart Attack Victim Eaten by Cats’).  Oh, and also – how lucky is Serrano to get to photograph a morgue? I’ll have to move to another country to ever get that lucky!

Infamous Photographer Captures the Beauty in a Morgue

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