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Himmler's Nazi concentration camp guards : rare photographs from wartime archives / Ian Baxter ; edited by Charles Markuss.

By: Baxter, Ian.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookSeries: Images of war: Publisher: Barnsley : Pen & Sword Military, 2012Description: 112 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9781848847996 (pbk.); 1848847998 (pbk.).Subject(s): SS-Totenkopfverbände | Concentration camp guards -- Training of | Concentration camp guards -- Recruiting | World War, 1939-1945 -- Concentration camps -- GermanyDDC classification: 940.53185 Summary: “This book studies the whole process of recruitment, indoctrination and performance of those responsible for the guarding of concentration camp inmates. It is not an attractive subject – the conversion of human beings into sadists and murderers is bound to be shocking. But it happened under the Third Reich on a massive scale. Of the 55,000 Nazi concentration camps, some 3,700 were women. The book studies their behaviour with examples of individuals routinely carrying out appalling acts of cruelty alone or alongside their male counter-parts. Written and compiled by a highly experienced author, researcher and collector, the book follows the development of concentration camps from the early beginnings in the 1930s through their establishment in the conquered territories of Poland and Czechoslovakia to the extermination camps of Dachau and Auschwitz. In parallel it describes, using original source material, the behaviour of the guards who became in numerous cases immune to the horrors around them.” –Back cover.
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

This book is the most thorough study yet of the whole process of recruitment, indoctrination and performance of those responsible for the guarding of concentration camp inmates. It is not an attractive subject - the conversion of human beings into murderers and individuals routinely carrying out appalling acts of cruelty are bound to be shocking. But it happened under the Third Reich on a massive scale.

Of the 55,000 Nazi concentration camp guards, some 3,700 were women. The book studies their behavior with examples along with that of their male counter-parts.

The book follows the development of concentration camps from the early beginnings in the 1930s (Buchenwald, Sachsenhausen etc.), through their establishment in the conquered territories of Poland and Czechoslovakia to the extermination camps (Dachau, Auschwitz). In parallel, it describes, using original source material, the behavior of the guards who became in numerous cases immune to the horrors around them.

This is well borne out by the conduct of the guards during the Liberation process, which is also movingly described using numerous personal accounts of shocked Allied personnel.

“This book studies the whole process of recruitment, indoctrination and performance of those responsible for the guarding of concentration camp inmates. It is not an attractive subject – the conversion of human beings into sadists and murderers is bound to be shocking. But it happened under the Third Reich on a massive scale. Of the 55,000 Nazi concentration camps, some 3,700 were women. The book studies their behaviour with examples of individuals routinely carrying out appalling acts of cruelty alone or alongside their male counter-parts. Written and compiled by a highly experienced author, researcher and collector, the book follows the development of concentration camps from the early beginnings in the 1930s through their establishment in the conquered territories of Poland and Czechoslovakia to the extermination camps of Dachau and Auschwitz. In parallel it describes, using original source material, the behaviour of the guards who became in numerous cases immune to the horrors around them.” –Back cover.

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Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • About the Author (p. 4)
  • Introduction (p. 5)
  • Chapter 1 Recruiting and Training (p. 6)
  • Chapter 2 Early Concentration Camps (p. 21)
  • Chapter 3 Reinhard Camps (p. 39)
  • Chapter 4 Extermination Camp (p. 73)
  • Chapter 5 Woman Concentration Camp Guards (p. 86)
  • Appendix: List of Camps (p. 110)
  • Glossary and Abbreviations (p. 111)