Entrance to Natzweiler-Struthof

The entrance to the former concentration camp at Natzweiler-Struthof in Alsace is shown on the right in the photo above; in the background on the left is the small building where one must buy a ticket to visit the camp. Parking space is available in the area between the ticket building and the entrance. The camp is wheelchair accessible, but good brakes are needed, as it is built on a hillside.

The Memorial site is open daily from 9 a.m. to noon and from 2 p.m. to 4.30 p.m. between March and June; It is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in July and August and from 10 a.m. to noon and 2 p.m. to 4.30 p.m. between September and December. The camp is closed in January and February. Visitors are not allowed to remain in the former camp during the 2-hour lunch period except during July and August. The closest restaurant is in the village of Natzwiller, which is a few miles down a narrow road with a lot of switchbacks and hairpin curves.

The photo below shows another view of the entrance to the former camp, with the monument called Memorial to Deportation in the background. The monument was designed to represent a flame, which is evocative of the flames emitted from the crematorium chimney as the bodies of the dead French resistance heroes were burned.

The simple wooden gate into the camp, as shown in the photo below, indicates that this was a small camp intended for the incarceration of German criminals and Resistance fighter who were sent here initially to work in the nearby granite quarries.

The latch on the entrance gate, shown in the photo above, caught my eye because there is one just like it at Mauthausen, a concentration camp in Austria where prisoners were also sent to work in a granite quarry.

The Camp


Ash pit

The gallows


Camp Prison