New York - New Research Reveals Holocaust Worse Than Originally Thought
New York - Results from ongoing research being conducted by the United States Holocaust Museum has dramatically broadened the scope of Nazi atrocities committed during the Holocaust, leaving even veteran Holocaust historians shocked.
Today’s NEW YORK TIMES (http://bit.ly/YHyXFj) reports that researchers have so far cataloged over 42,500 Nazi ghettos and camps throughout Europe, spanning Nazi-controlled areas from France to Russia and Germany during Hitler’s reign from 1933 to 1945.
The documentation, previewed at an academic forum in January at the German Historical Institute in Washington, stunned leading Holocaust researchers in attendance.
“The numbers are so much higher than what we originally thought,” said Hartmut Bergoff, director of the institute. “We knew before how horrible life in the camps and ghettos was, but the numbers are unbelievable.”
The documented camps include not only “killing centers” but also thousands of forced labor camps, prisoner-of-war camps, sites euphemistically named ‘care’ centers, where pregnant women were forced to have abortions or their babies were killed after birth; and brothels, where women were forced into having sex with German military personnel.
While death camps like Auschwitz and the Warsaw Ghetto have come to symbolize the Nazi killing machine in the stream of public consciousness, they represent only a ‘miniscule’ fraction of the entire Nazi network, the new research reveals.
New maps, created by the researchers, turn wide sections of wartime Europe into black clusters of death, torture, and slavery.
Lead editors on the project, Geoffrey Megargee and Martin Dean, included data from some 400 contributors, and now estimate that between 15 and 20 million people died or were imprisoned over the course of Nazi occupation.
Their findings are published as part of a multivolume encyclopedia. The Holocaust museum has published the first two, with five more planned by 2025.
When the research began in 2000, Dr. Megargee said he expected to find perhaps 7,000 Nazi camps and ghettos, based on ‘postwar estimates.’ But the numbers kept climbing—-first to 11,500, then to 20,000, then 30,000, and now 42,000.
The shocking numbers include: 30,000 slave labor camps; 1,150 Jewish ghettos; 980 concentration camps; 1,000 prisoner-of-war camps; 500 brothels filled with sex slaves, and thousands of other camps used for euthanizing the elderly and informed, performing abortions, and ‘Germanizing’ prisoners.
Dr. Dean said the findings leave no doubt in his mind that many German citizens, despite frequent claims of ignorance after the war, must have known about the wide-spread Nazi abuse at the time.
“You literally could not go anywhere in Germany without running into forced labor camps, P.O.W. camps, concentration camps,” said Dean. “They were everywhere.”
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