Block 7 contains the exhibits of living and sanitary conditions. The roofs leaked, the rooms were damp and cold, and the straw and straw mattresses were foul due to many prisoners suffering from diarrhea.
Not only did the prisoners inhabit these horrible buildings, so did vermin and rats.
There was a constant shortage of water for washing and there were no suitable sanitary facilities.
The interior of a room for prisoners until spring of 1941. Prisoners slept crowded together on straw mattresses. In the morning, they had to gather up the mattresses and arrange them in the corner of the room.
The interior of a lavatory for prisoners from 1941 to 1945. Given the over crowding in the barracks, these sanitation facilities were not sufficient for all prisoners. Before they were installed, prisoners used a provisional field latrine.
This photo has an eerie reflection . . . the photos hung on the wall behind me are reflected in the glass of this room . . . as if the prisoners are actually in that room.