The German people knew: Holocaust crimes against humanity concentration camp sites still being researched
Evil knows no boundaries. Its destructive path is littered with traces of historical evidence from living survivor’s memories to their marked bodies. Crimes against humanity have been perpetrated by a comparatively small percentage against those whom have been the massive target of their heinous crimes. No one event in human history has left such an utter impressionable negative black scar, than the Nazi German Holocaust of Jewish people and others.
When American soldiers spread across Germany immediately following the end of WWII, General Eisenhower mandated that soldiers take German citizens on concentration camp tours. Eisenhower wanted the German people to have full knowledge of what took place in their own country. He wanted the display of crimes against humanity to be indelibly stuck in the German culture’s mindset. Eisenhower also desired to show through photograph and movie projector evidence the widespread sickening, heart rending and horrifying scale of Nazi war crimes. Instinctively he knew that the horrendous Holocaust would be a future subject of denial. So great was the Nazi German crimes against humanity, that the Nuremberg trials began, bringing to justice those most responsible for the imprisonment, torture and deaths of millions of individuals.
This Moralmatters.org author encourages you, this website’s visitor, to read the entire following New York Times piece. It is a sobering reminder of what takes place when evil people take control of a culture and of a nation. Also, do your own Internet research on the Holocaust. And, ask yourself: “Could such a thing happen today in my own country?”
>>>>>>>>>> The brutal experience of Henry Greenbaum, an 84-year-old Holocaust survivor who lives outside Washington, typifies the wide range of Nazi sites.
When Mr. Greenbaum, a volunteer at the Holocaust museum, tells visitors today about his wartime odyssey, listeners inevitably focus on his confinement of months at Auschwitz, the most notorious of all the camps.
But the images of the other camps where the Nazis imprisoned him are ingrained in his memory as deeply as the concentration camp number — A188991 — tattooed on his left forearm.
In an interview, he ticked off the locations in rapid fire, the details still vivid.
First came the Starachowice ghetto in his hometown in Poland, where the Germans herded his family and other local Jews in 1940, when he was just 12.
Next came a slave labor camp with six-foot-high fences outside the town, where he and a sister were moved while the rest of the family was sent to die at Treblinka. After his regular work shift at a factory, the Germans would force him and other prisoners to dig trenches that were used for dumping the bodies of victims. He was sent to Auschwitz, then removed to work at a chemical manufacturing plant in Poland known as Buna Monowitz, where he and some 50 other prisoners who had been held at the main camp at Auschwitz were taken to manufacture rubber and synthetic oil. And last was another slave labor camp at Flossenbürg, near the Czech border, where food was so scarce that the weight on his 5-foot-8-inch frame fell away to less than 100 pounds.
By the age of 17, Mr. Greenbaum had been enslaved in five camps in five years, and was on his way to a sixth, when American soldiers freed him in 1945. “Nobody even knows about these places,” Mr. Greenbaum said. “Everything should be documented. That’s very important. We try to tell the youngsters so that they know, and they’ll remember.”……..
…….. 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 20,000, then 30,000, and now 42,500.
The numbers astound: 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 infirm, performing forced abortions, “Germanizing” prisoners or transporting victims to killing centers.
In Berlin alone, researchers have documented some 3,000 camps and so-called Jew houses, while Hamburg held 1,300 sites.
Dr. Dean, a co-researcher, said the findings left no doubt in his mind that many German citizens, despite the frequent claims of ignorance after the war, must have known about the widespread existence of the Nazi camps at the time.
“You literally could not go anywhere in Germany without running into forced labor camps, P.O.W. camps, concentration camps,” he said. “They were everywhere.” >>>>>>>>>> – nytimes.com/2013/03/03/
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