Concentration Camps in Nazi Germany: The New Histories

Concentration Camps in Nazi Germany: The New Histories

by Nikolaus Wachsmann
     
 

ISBN-10: 0415426502

ISBN-13: 9780415426503

Pub. Date: 11/19/2009

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

The notorious concentration camp system was a central pillar of the Third Reich, supporting the Nazi war against political, racial and social outsiders whilst also intimidating the population at large. Established during the first months of the Nazi dictatorship in 1933, several million men, women and children of many nationalities had been incarcerated in the

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The notorious concentration camp system was a central pillar of the Third Reich, supporting the Nazi war against political, racial and social outsiders whilst also intimidating the population at large. Established during the first months of the Nazi dictatorship in 1933, several million men, women and children of many nationalities had been incarcerated in the camps by the end of the Second World War. At least two million lost their lives.

This comprehensive volume offers the first overview of the recent scholarship that has changed the way the camps are studied over the last two decades. Written by an international team of experts, the book covers such topics as the earliest camps; social life, work and personnel in the camps; the public face of the camps; issues of gender and commemoration; and the relationship between concentration camps and the Final Solution. The book provides a comprehensive introduction to the current historiography of the camps, highlighting the key conclusions that have been made, commenting on continuing areas of debate, and suggesting possible directions for future research.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415426503
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
11/19/2009
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.70(d)

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Introduction Jane Caplan Caplan, Jane Nikolaus Wachsmann Wachsmann, Nikolaus 1

1 The dynamics of destruction: the development of the concentration camps, 1933-1945 Nikolaus Wachsmann Wachsmann, Nikolaus 17

2 The concentration camp personnel Karin Orth Orth, Karin 44

3 Social life in an unsocial environment: the inmates' struggle for survival Falk Pingel Pingel, Falk 58

4 Gender and the concentration camps Jane Caplan Caplan, Jane 82

5 The public face of the camps Karola Fings Fings, Karola 108

6 Work and extermination in the concentration camps Jens-Christian Wagner Wagner, Jens-Christian 127

7 The Holocaust and the concentration camps Dieter Pohl Pohl, Dieter 149

8 The death marches and the final phase of Nazi genocide Daniel Blatman Blatman, Daniel 167

9 The afterlife of the camps Harold Marcuse Marcuse, Harold 186

Composite bibliography of works cited 212

Index 239

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