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Concentration Camps

Implemented prior to World War II, first as prison camps that detained political opponents of the Nazis, the concentration camps were expanded later to imprison Jews and other minorities and perceived enemies of the state. Several of these camps were involved in the Final Solution, housing gas chambers in which millions of prisoners were murdered, and crematoria in which the bodies were burned. Among the most infamous of the concentration camps were Auschwitz, Dachau, Buchenwald, Sobibor, Mauthausen, and Ravensbrück. After World War II, many Nazis and their accomplices were tried for crimes against humanity for their administration of the concentration camps in which millions died and others were imprisoned, used as forced labor, beaten, and systematically starved.

Failure of Hitler’s Terror Weapons

Failure of Hitler’s Terror Weapons

By Adam Lynch
During any war, combating countries predictably issue reports andcreate publicity more favorable to their own side. Often the difference is subtle, but sometimes it is profound. A perfect example occurred during World War II as Germany unleashed its V-1 and V-2 onslaught against England. Both governments were well   More »



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