The Buchenwald Report

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  • Copyright: 2011-09-24
  • Publisher: Basic Books
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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.

Author Biography

David A. Hackett is professor of history at the University of Texas, El Paso.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. xv
Prefacep. xvii
Introductionp. 1
Main Reportp. 25
Report on Buchenwald Concentration Camp at Weimarp. 27
Individual Reportsp. 107
Statistics and General Informationp. 109
Luxurious Living and Corruption of the Ssp. 121
Daily Life in Campp. 137
The Work Detailsp. 181
Punishments in Campp. 196
Sanitary and Health Questionsp. 210
Special Actions and Special Facilitiesp. 231
The Antifascist Struggle against the Ssp. 256
Conditions during the Warp. 271
The Liberation of the Campp. 316
The Case of Commandant Kochp. 335
Reports from Other Campsp. 342
Letter of Transmissionp. 377
Glossaryp. 378
Notes to the Introductionp. 381
Selected Bibliographyp. 386
Indexp. 388
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