Ian Baxter is a much published author and photographic collector. As a result of his many works in the Images of War series he has an increasing following. He lives near Chelmsford, Essex.
Himmler's Nazi Concentration Camp Guardsby Ian Baxter
This book is the most thorough study yet of the whole process of recruitment, indoctrination and performance of those responsible for the guarding of concentration camp inmates. It is not an attractive subject – the conversion of human beings into murderers and individuals routinely carrying out appalling acts of cruelty are bound to be shocking. But it happened under the Third Reich on a massive scale.
Of the 55,000 Nazi concentration camp guards, some 3,700 were women. The book studies their behavior with examples along with that of their male counter-parts.
The book follows the development of concentration camps from the early beginnings in the 1930s (Buchenwald, Sachsenhausen etc.), through their establishment in the conquered territories of Poland and Czechoslovakia to the extermination camps (Dachau, Auschwitz). In parallel, it describes, using original source material, the behavior of the guards who became in numerous cases immune to the horrors around them.
This is well borne out by the conduct of the guards during the Liberation process, which is also movingly described using numerous personal accounts of shocked Allied personnel.
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Since I have known personally two camp survivors and my great-uncle helped liberate one of the death camps, I know for a fact that the other reviewer who whines that the book is biased because it accepts the Holocaust is true is either delusional or bigoted or both. WW ll and Hitler's extermination of the Jews , Romany/gypsies, gays and anyone he considered unfit is fact. It is well documented by both survivors, Nuremberg trial trnacripts, photographs, and, worst of all, the transcripts of the conference at which it was plannef---not to mention the mass graves, the piles of human hair intended to stuff mattressed, and the Naxis own dovuments. Sorry, revisionist liars,but the same effivincy that buils Mercedrd was used to.murder millions. If this was a trial, you would losr and end up paying the defenfants coury costs and legal fees.
Bad, bad, bad. Did I say bad? This book is only good fo the photos and it does have some great pictures. But the author's obvious hatred for any member of the Third Reich has blinded him to the common sense guidelines for writing an objective non-fiction book. Of course he also goes along with the mainstrema misconceptions about what went on ni the camps. That is to be expected, as anybody who promotes a revisionist view would not only have trouble having their books published and sold in chain bookstores, but they woudl also get death threats. It is the sure way to commit career suicide. But if he could at least have had a more professional attitude, the book would not have been so offensive.