Wachsmann, Nikolaus. “KL: A History of the Nazi Concentration Camps”, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2015).
A Comprehensive Study
This is the first comprehensive history of the Nazi concentration camps and in this landmark study, Nikolaus Wachsmann provides an unprecedented, integrated account of the Nazi concentration camps from their inception in 1933 through their demise, seventy years ago, in the spring of 1945. With all of the studies and research about Nazi Germany, there has never been a history of the camp system that tells the full story of its broad development and the everyday experiences of its inhabitants, both perpetrators and victims. , and all those living in what Primo Levi called “the gray zone.”
Much of the research material uses here had not be translated before and it gives some startling revelations about the camps. What we have here is based on many years of archival research, about the functioning and scope of the camp system. The book closely examines life and death inside the camps, and as well as how the camp system was shaped by changing political, legal, social, economic, and military forces, writer Wachsmann has produced a unified picture of the Nazi regime and its camps that we have never seen before. This is the definitive study of the camps with portraits of individual human beings. It is thoroughly documented, clearly and well written and easy to read.
The book is divided into 12 chapters that cover chronologically development of the camps chronologically the development of the camps from the early ones that were used for the political opponents to the final stage of war camps in which Holocaust and mass murders were conducted. We are also privy to the “perfectly conceived mechanism for the destruction of millions of people.”
Wachsmann also has provided an appendix in which numbers are shown – one that shows the daily inmate numbers in the SS concentration camps and prisoner deaths that were conducted there, as well as SS ranks with Army Equivalents for the better understanding.