Most people are familiar with the names of the major concentration camps – Auschwitz, Buchenwald, Dachau, and Treblinka, for example – but many do no know that these major camps had thousands of subsidiaries, and that many Holocaust victims were exterminated outside the mechanized death camps. Many were murdered as the German advance forces scythed through their communities, often with the assistance of the local population.
However, it is the death camps that stick in the memory. They were the truly unprecedented element in this slaughter, where industrial efficiency met a lust for death and an obsession with purifying extermination. Shown on the map below are the locations of the major Holocaust camps. One will note that many are located in conquered territories, out of sight and out of mind for the German people.
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