The white buses

In today’s society we have a lot of history that should be acknowledged to people all around the world. One of the biggest tragedies in the world that most people should know about is World War 2 (WW2). World war 2 was a war between the allies (Mainly these countries: U.S., Britain, France, USSR, Australia à) vs the axis powers (Germany, Italy, Japan, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria). Around 72 million people died and 49 of these millions were civilians. The reason for this huge civilian loss was mainly because of the concentration camps all around Germany and Poland. A Concentration camp was a camp where civilians, enemy aliens, political prisoners, and sometimes prisoners of war are detained and confined, typically under harsh conditions. In these concentration camps there were also gas chambers where they killed people that was not able to work like old people, children, girls, disabled.

What is not very known is the white buses. You might ask yourself what the white buses have to do with the WW2 or the concentration camps? Well, the white buses were originally made to bring back Scandinavian prisoner from the concentration camps that was under control of the Nazi empire. From these camps they were brought back to Sweden (Sweden= neutral under the WW2). This operation took place in almost the end of the war (1995).

In these modern times the white buses travel to different concentration camps and different location in France, Poland and Germany that were owned by the Nazi empire. They travel to these locations with student around Scandinavia to show them these concentration camps and the other different historical places that still exists in these areas. I haven’t been on the white buses myself but I have been to something similar. Usually the white buses travels in the autumn, my class found out this too late so we ended up taking a flight down to Poland and look at the concentration camps there. I would recommend the buss travel instead of the flight thing my class did because it is cheaper and the class can bond up a little bit.    

The operation got the name White buses because Sweden had gathered up around 75 buses colored in white with a red cross on them. This was to show all the different armies that these buses are made to help and therefore should not be destroyed /prevented or attacked. These buses saved/helped around 20000 people, mainly people from Scandinavia but also some thousands from other countries.

I would like to end this little informative text with this link: http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/ww2peopleswar/stories/27/a1913627.shtml
You have come this far in my text and I would really recommend to you to read the text in the link above. I don’t want to spoil the story for you so I won’t write what it is about. What I can say is that it is a well written story and it is in my opinion very respectfully. (It is also related to WW2) 

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