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TABLE OF CONTENTS Introduction page 1 Concentration Camps pages 2-5 Death Camps page 6 Buchenwald pages 7-11 Conclusion page 12-13 Endnotes pages 14-15 Bibliography page 16 1 INTRODUCTION The Holocaust is the most horrifying crime against humanity of all times Hitler in an attempt to establish the pure Aryan race decided that all mentally ill gypsies non supporters of Nazism and Jews were to be eliminated from the German population He proceeded to reach his goal in a systematic scheme One of his main methods of doing away with these undesirables was through the use of concentration camps In January 1941 in a meeting with his top officials the final solution was decided The Jewish population was to be eliminated In this paper I will discuss concentration camps with a detailed description of the worst one prior to World War II Buchenwald 2 CONCENTRATION CAMPS The first concentration camps were set up in 1933 In the early days of Hitlers regime concentration camps were places that held people in protective custody Victims for protective custody included those who were either physically or mentally ill gypsies homosexuals Jehovah Witnesses Jews and anyone against the Nazi regime Gypsies were classified as people with at least two gypsy great grandparents By the end of 1933 there were at least fifty concentration camps throughout occupied Europe At first the camps were controlled by the Gestapo police but by 1934 the SS Hitlers personal security force were ordered by Hitler to control the camps Camps were set up for several different purposes Some for forced labor others for medical experiments and later on for deathextermination Transition camps were set up as holding places for death camps Henrick Himmler chief of the German police the Gestapo thought that the camps would provide an economic base for the soldiers This did not happen The work force was poorly organized and working conditions were inhumane Therefore productivity was minimal
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