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More Nazi concentration camps and ghettos discovered by researchers


Below, release from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum


Museum Researchers Identify More Than 20,000 Sites--
Far More Than Scholars Previously Knew Existed

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum has just
released the first of a projected seven-volume Encyclopedia of Camps and
Ghettos, 1933-1945, which when complete, will provide the first
comprehensive survey of all known Nazi camps and ghettos. Museum
researchers have identified more than 20,000 such sites, several times more
than anticipated at the project's outset.

The Encyclopedia, published by Indiana University Press in association with
the Museum, will bring together, in English, information that until now has
been scattered through millions of pages of published and archival material in
many different languages. The project represents a significant international
effort, with contributions from hundreds of scholars from several European
countries, Israel, and the United States, as well as the participation of many
different archives, research centers and memorial sites.

"Our research has revealed that the Nazi concentration camp universe was
much larger than scholars had previously believed," says Geoffrey Megargee,
the encyclopedia project director in the Museum's Center for Advanced
Holocaust Studies. "The size, scope and interconnectedness of the camp
system can only be understood through a comprehensive examination. This
project will provide the public and historians with a much more detailed
understanding of the scale of the Nazis' systematic attempt to exterminate
Europe's Jews, as well as their persecution of other groups for racial and
political reasons."

Volume one, with a Foreword by Nobel laureate and Museum founding
chairman Elie Wiesel, covers the early camps that the Nazi regime set up in
its first months in power, as well as the complex of concentration camps--
including Auschwitz-Birkenau, Buchenwald, Dachau, and Bergen-Belsen,
among others--that emerged later on. The volume's two books, totaling over
1,700 pages with 192 photographs and 23 maps, give details on over 1,000

"This will be an indispensable resource for Holocaust scholarship," says Paul
Shapiro, Director of the Museum's Center for Advanced Holocaust
Studies. "The Museum is committed to ensuring that the full extent of the
Holocaust is known, especially as the denial of the Holocaust as a historical
reality increases."

The six additional volumes will be published between now and 2018. More
information is available on the Museum's Web site, where the book can also
be purchased, at ;

A living memorial to the Holocaust, the United States Holocaust Memorial
Museum inspires citizens and leaders to confront hatred, promote human
dignity and prevent genocide. Federal support guarantees the Museum's
permanent place on the National Mall, and its far-reaching educational
programs and global impact are made possible by the generosity of donors
nationwide. For more information, visit


It's exceedingly difficult to believe in the goodness of humanity or the existence of a just God in the face of such horror.

It is exceedingly difficult to not believe in the exsistence of a just G-d in the face of such horror.

I agree that this must be one of the most disgusting periods of human kind pure evil and hatred but I will always stop short of saying there cant be a god because of this as human kind we are all given free choice to behave how we see fit and it is up to our freedom of free thought to express morals we cannot look for god to blame or not blame only our own out and out agressive and volient behavior.....unfortunalty we have not learned ww1 was to end all wars then ww2 then vietnam korea desert storm is not god but our won horrible actions that are so horrid and disgusting its about time we as a species learn to grow up

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