Slave Labor and Violence - The Concentration Camp Subcamps Cover Image

Sklavenarbeit und Gewalt - Die KZ-Außenlager
Slave Labor and Violence - The Concentration Camp Subcamps

Author(s): Marc Buggeln
Contributor(s): Barbara Grzelakova (Editor)
Subject(s): Jewish studies, Recent History (1900 till today), Studies in violence and power, WW II and following years (1940 - 1949), History of the Holocaust
Published by: Wiener Wiesenthal Institut für Holocaust-Studien
Keywords: Nazi regime; WWII; concentration camps; Neuengamme; subcamps;

Summary/Abstract: The detainees at the subcamps of Neuengamme concentration camp near Hamburg lived and worked under a broad range of conditions. Although the first two subcamps were established as early on as in 1941/1942, it was not until 1944 that all of northern Germany was covered. The Neuengamme concentration camp had more than 85 subcamps, to which the SS had brought about 40,000 detainees as slave workers for the German war effort by the end of 1944. Marc Buggeln has compared the subcamps and evaluated the significance of a range of factors such as labour conditions, racism and gender differences with regard to the concentration camp inmates’ likelihood of survival. In this way, he was able to disprove some central assumptions made by concentration camp research to date, or at least to seriously curtail the general validity that had been ascribed to them. Finally, he describes the conditions for the perpetrators as well as the victims at hand of a selection of biographies.

  • Issue Year: 1/2014
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 167-184
  • Page Count: 18
  • Language: German