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The theory and practice of hell : the German concentration camps and the system behind them

Author: Eugen Kogon
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2006.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st rev. edView all editions and formats
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"By the spring of 1945, the Second World War was drawing to a close in Europe. Allied troops were sweeping through Nazi Germany and discovering the atrocities of SS concentration camps. The first to be reached intact was Buchenwald, in central Germany. American soldiers struggled to make sense of the shocking scenes they witnessed inside. They asked a small group of former inmates to draft a report on the camp. It  Read more...
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Genre/Form: War and conflict
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Eugen Kogon
ISBN: 9780374529925 0374529922
OCLC Number: 64624973
Notes: Previously published: New York : Farrar, Straus, 1950.
"With a new introduction by Nikolaus Wachsmann"--Cover.
Description: xxi, 343 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Contents: Introduction: Eugen Kogon and the SS State / Nicolaus Wachsmann --
The aims and organization of the SS State --
The purpose, character, and number of the German concentration camps --
The categories of prisoners --
The physical setup of the camps --
The organization of the camps --
Admission to the camps and duration of imprisonment --
Daily routine --
Working conditions --
Discipline --
Food --
Money and mail --
"Recreation" --
Sanitation and health --
Scientific experiments --
Reprisals against the Jews --
Reprisals against other "inferior races" --
Liquidation of other "undesireables" --
Special places of execution and disposal of the dead --
Statistics of mortality --
The underground struggle --
The end of the camps --
The psychology of the SS --
The psychology of the prisoners --
The German people and the concentration camps, after 1945.
Other Titles: SS-Staat.
Responsibility: Eugene Kogon ; translated from the German by Heinz Norden.
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"By the spring of 1945, the Second World War was drawing to a close in Europe. Allied troops were sweeping through Nazi Germany and discovering the atrocities of SS concentration camps. The first to be reached intact was Buchenwald, in central Germany. American soldiers struggled to make sense of the shocking scenes they witnessed inside. They asked a small group of former inmates to draft a report on the camp. It was led by Eugen Kogon, a German political prisoner who had been an inmate since 1939. The Theory and Practice of Hell is his classic account of life inside"--Page 4 of cover.

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