Researchers from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum released information to the Huffington Post and New York Times on Sunday who reported that after their intensive research they were shocked to find 42,500 Nazi ghettos and camps set up to persecute Jews instead of the 7,000 they expected to find.
The study concluded that Nazi ghettos and camps were found across large swathes of German-controlled Europe from 1933, 1945 under Adolph Hitler's regime.
The New York Times has published two maps showing Nazi ghettos and camps throughout Europe during Hitler's reign of brutality against Jews. The newest research from the museum also more than doubles the amount of Jewish people who were thought to be killed to an astonishing 15 and 20 million.
"We knew before how horrible life in the camps and ghettos was," Harmut Berghoff said to the New York Times, "but the numbers are unbelievable."
Berghoff said the research is "simply astounding" and proves that the Holocaust was far more extensive than what historians had previously thought.
The data accumulated by researchers also reported a breakdown of the numbers and types of Nazi camps created to brutalize the Jewish people that includes thousands of camps created for euthanize which included the elderly and to perform forced abortions.
- 30,000 slave labor camps
- 1,150 Jewish ghettos
- 980 concentration camps
- 1,000 prisoner-of-war camps
- 500 brothels filled with sex slaves
Many scholars have worked in the past to uncover the accurate numbers in the death toll during the Holocaust from what most textbooks say was six million.
"How many claims have been rejected because the victims were in a camp that we didn't even know about?" Sam Dubbin said who is a lawyer representing survivors.
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