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In the closing weeks of World War II, advancing Allied armies uncovered the horror of the Nazi concentration camps. The first camp to be liberated in western Germany was Buchenwald, on April 11, 1945. Within days, a special team of German-speaking intelligence officers from the U.S. Army was dispatched to Buchenwald to interview the prisoners there. In the short time available to them before the inmates' final release from the camp, this team was to prepare a report to be used against the Nazis in future war crime trials. Nowhere else was such a systematic effort made to talk with prisoners and record their firsthand knowledge of the daily life, structure, and functioning of a concentration camp. The result was an important and unique document,The Buchenwald Report.Divided into two parts - the Main Report and the Individual Reports -The Buchenwald Reportdetails the camp's history, how it was organized and how it functioned, and describes how the prisoners lived and died. This priceless eyewitness account was nearly lost forever. Decades later, a single, faded carbon copy was discovered, apparently the only one still in existence. David Hackett translated the work, and the original release ofThe Buchenwald Reportin 1995 was the first time it was ever published. With this reissue, the voices of people courageous enough to tarry a while longer in hell so that the world would know the truth are heard again and will never be forgotten.
David A. Hackett is professor of history at the University of Texas, El Paso.
Table of Contents
|Main Report||p. 25|
|Report on Buchenwald Concentration Camp at Weimar||p. 27|
|Individual Reports||p. 107|
|Statistics and General Information||p. 109|
|Luxurious Living and Corruption of the Ss||p. 121|
|Daily Life in Camp||p. 137|
|The Work Details||p. 181|
|Punishments in Camp||p. 196|
|Sanitary and Health Questions||p. 210|
|Special Actions and Special Facilities||p. 231|
|The Antifascist Struggle against the Ss||p. 256|
|Conditions during the War||p. 271|
|The Liberation of the Camp||p. 316|
|The Case of Commandant Koch||p. 335|
|Reports from Other Camps||p. 342|
|Letter of Transmission||p. 377|
|Notes to the Introduction||p. 381|
|Selected Bibliography||p. 386|
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