recent holocaust research and what the people of germany knew
The New York Times published an article on a chilling, but important, phase of Holocaust research: a newly compiled list of every ghetto, concentration camp, and slave labor site that could be found. It turns out that the number is huge, far more than what scholars had imagined:
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.
If you have any inkling of geography, there is an insane number. In the US, there are about 30,000 incorporated towns and cities – and US is larger than Germany and its neighbors. That means there were about 12,000 more slave camps and ghettoes in Europe than towns in America (!!). The obvious conclusion from Maritn Dean, the study’s co-author :
“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.”
Obviously, this level of violence and murder could not be accomplished without the assistance of much of the population. What this research shows was that this not hidden and done away from the German public’s eyes, it was literally in plain view. The moral implications of this are horrifying.