Top news coming in to San Francisco today is about a new number of concentration camps that existed during Nazi Germany.
The number is even larger than had been previously thought.
Most people have heard of camps like Auschwitz and the Warsaw Ghetto, but now it has been assessed that there were other, smaller camps, like the Munchen-Schwabing camp in Germany--believed, in fact, to be the smallest concentration camp in existence.
It's likely that this camp held only a dozen slave-labor people at any one time. Some camps were brothels, while others were killing centers.
The above is the opinion of Eric Lichtblau in the New York Times.
San Francisco resident, Katie Adler, says: "I hope we never forget about the concentration camps and how cruelly humans could treat other humans. It doesn't surprise me that we are finding out there were more camps than we'd previously thought."
Adds a report in Newser.com:
"Researchers at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum say it's now becoming clear that such facilities were far more prevalent than thought in Germany and throughout Europe during the war. They've identified more than 42,500 of various sizes, about six times the number they expected to find."
“We knew before how horrible life in the camps and ghettos was,” says the director of the German Historical Institute in Washington, “but the numbers are unbelievable.”
Now one of the ladies who worked in one of those smaller camps says she volunteers at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum to keep the memory alive and so that the younger generation will always be aware of what happened.
“Nobody even knows about these places,” says one survivor of five lesser-known camps, who now volunteers at the museum. “Everything should be documented. That’s very important. We try to tell the youngsters so that they know, and they’ll remember.”
Now Newser.com is saying the number of people who were killed or imprisoned stands at between 15 and 20 million.
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