A History of the Nazi Concentration Camps

Book - 2015 | First edition
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"Wachsmann offers an ... integrated account of the Nazi concentration camps from their inception in 1933 through their demise, seventy years ago, in the spring of 1945. The Third Reich has been studied in more depth than virtually any other period in history, and yet until now there has been no history of the camp system that tells the full story of its broad development and the everyday experiences of its inhabitants, both perpetrators and victims, and all those living in what Primo Levi called 'the gray zone'"--Amazon.com.
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, ©2015
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780374118259
Branch Call Number: 940.5318 WAC 2015
Characteristics: xi, 865 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm


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Dec 11, 2016

Well written history that gives a very detailed complex picture of a very complex time. Gives both first person comments and careful interpretation of them. Helps to show the situations in which people found themselves and how different people react differently. Weaves together information that has been available for a long time--Anne Frank, Odd Nansen, Primo Levi, court records, and adds new information available from local records. Contains photos that provide a moving counterpoint to the text, and detailed charts and maps. Highly recommended--worth the length.

Nov 29, 2015

This is the best book I've ever read on the camp specifics of the Nazi era. It is extremely well written, and yet scholarly, with a massive number of footnotes. It ranges from objective numbers of inmates, deaths, camp locations to often heartrending tales of individual inmates and horrifying descriptions of the SS criminals who enabled this despicable human tragedy. Be prepared for a long read: it's worth it.

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