The concentration camp Sachsenhausen, one of the largest in Germany, stood just north of Berlin in the town of Oranienburg. Hundreds of thousands were imprisoned here, tens of thousands perished at the hands of the SS. Today the site is a memorial and museum open to all visitors who wish to learn about Germany’s past. As university-educated historians, we will place Sachsenhausen in its proper context as the instrument of a dictatorial and genocidal regime. In addition to providing a history of the camp, we will also probe broader themes regarding Nazi German rule, the camp's postwar use, and questions of commemoration.