For John, BLUF: German treatment of Jews during WWII was worse than thought.
The New York Times has an article on a recent book released by the US Holocaust Museum, based on detailed research into where Nazi Germany held Jews during World War II—"The Holocaust Just Got More Shocking".
THIRTEEN years ago, researchers at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum began the grim task of documenting all the ghettos, slave labor sites, concentration camps and killing factories that the Nazis set up throughout Europe.At the level of the ordinary citizen who learns about the Holocaust what this changes is the idea that the Holocaust all happened in Poland. Yes, the Death Camps were there, but this says there were a lot of small groupings of Jews, so the argument by Germans that they didn't know does not hold as much water as it used too.
What they have found so far has shocked even scholars steeped in the history of the Holocaust.
The researchers have cataloged some 42,500 Nazi ghettos and camps throughout Europe, spanning German-controlled areas from France to Russia and Germany itself, during Hitler’s reign of brutality from 1933 to 1945.
The figure is so staggering that even fellow Holocaust scholars had to make sure they had heard it correctly when the lead researchers previewed their findings at an academic forum in late January at the German Historical Institute in Washington.
“The numbers are so much higher than what we originally thought,” Hartmut Berghoff, director of the institute, said in an interview after learning of the new data.
On the other hand, one wonders if there might not have actually been more accidental Oskar Schindlers?
Well worth the read to get an updated and more balanced view of this terrible blot on Western Civilization and the idea of "scientific progress".
Regards — Cliff