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3/5/2013 (1 year ago)

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42,500 Nazi camps, ghettos stretched from Nazi-controlled France to Russia between 1933 and 1945

The Holocaust cast the longest and darkest shadow across 20th century history. The systematic persecution, torture and wholesale murder of Jews and others during the Third Reich across Europe resulted in the deaths of - at a conservative estimate - of over six million people. Researchers are now horrified to discover that the infrastructure for this Machine of death was far larger and more prevalent than what was previously thought.

Auschwitz was the largest and most famous of the Nazi concentration camps, but a new study says it was just one of a total of 980 across Europe.

Auschwitz was the largest and most famous of the Nazi concentration camps, but a new study says it was just one of a total of 980 across Europe.

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By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

3/5/2013 (1 year ago)

Published in Europe

Keywords: Holocaust, Adolf Hitler, concentration camps, research, infrastructure


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Researchers originally expected to find about 7,000 camps and ghettos throughout the continent when they began. The final number they found was a staggering 42,500 locations.

Auschwitz was the largest and most famous of the Nazi concentration camps, but a new study says it was just one of a total of 980 across Europe.

New research shows that about 42,500 Nazi camps and ghettos stretched from Nazi-controlled France to Russia between 1933 and 1945, during Adolf Hitler's reign of terror and darkness.

Researcher Martin Dean was astonished to find the prevalence of camps in Germany. Berlin, for instance, had about 3,000 camps and Hamburg had 1,300 sites.

"You literally could not go anywhere in Germany without running into forced labor camps, P.O.W. camps, concentration camps," Dean says. "They were everywhere."

Dean and fellow scholar Geoffrey Megargee presented their findings at the German Historical Institute in Washington in late January, reported The New York Times.

"The numbers are so much higher than what we originally thought," institute director Hartmut Berghoff told reporters. "We knew before how horrible life in the camps and ghettos was . but the numbers are unbelievable."

The research team uncovered 30,000 slave camps, 1,150 Jewish ghettos, 1,000 prisoner-of-war camps, 980 concentration camps, 500 sex-slave brothels and thousands of other camps serving a myriad of wicked ends: forced abortions, mandatory euthanasia of the elderly and ill, "Germanization" and transportation hubs to murder sites, according to the Times.

The team started its research in 2000 for a seven-volume encyclopedia published by the Holocaust Museum, who have already released the first two volumes and expect to release all seven by 2025.

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