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Chelmno and the Holocaust: A History of Hitler's First Death Camp (International Library of Twentieth Century History) Hardcover – 30 Nov 2011

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  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: I.B.Tauris & Co Ltd (30 Nov. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848857225
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848857223
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 3.1 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,150,470 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'A definitive work. Essential.' --Choice

'[A] prodigious work of scholarship... In chronicling the history of the first Nazi extermination camp at Chelmno, Montague shows how the camp broke the psychological barrier for establishing subsequent factories of death, and became the model for death camps such as Treblinka and Auschwitz.' --Jewish Book World

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As the first extermination camp established by the Nazi regime, the Chelmno death camp stands as a crucial but largely unexplored element of the Holocaust. This book is the first comprehensive work in any language to detail all aspects of the camp's history, organization, and operations and to remedy the dearth of information in Holocaust literature about Chelmno, which served as a template for the Nazis' "Final Solution." Includes previously unpublished first-hand accounts and photographs.

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Chelmno and the Holocaust covers an aspect of the gradual build up to the Extermination policy carried out in Europe before and during World War Two by the Nazis, with the euthanasia program stepped down it was a progression of using the experience gained in those institutions and apply them to the Nazis deliberate policy of The Final Solution. In the "Experimental" stage a small scattered hamlet in western Poland was selected in the Warthland district for the site of an extermination facility--albeit very primitive, Chelmno was chosen as it had good road and rail links with the immediate surrounding county, but also the hamlet was virtually occupied by ethnic Germans which means the activities would have no outside witnesses--local Poles, and of course the intended victims--Jews, Gypsies, priests, nuns etc. The actual area for this installation was in two places about 1 half miles apart, the main base was a dilapidated Georgian Gothic mansion within its own grounds, and the other location was in the local woods, very quickly a method was worked out in the killing process and disposal with some "improvements" such as the cremation of the corpses.
The killing method having been tried out at the euthanasia facilities was by gas, Carbon Monoxide gas.
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This is a chilling account of a little-known extermination camp which, as the author explains, provided a template for the murderous methods used at Belzec, Treblinka and Sobibor. The book relates with scholarly detachment, the invariably sadistic manner in which mostly Jews but also gypsies, Poles and Soviet P.O.W.s were 'liquidated' by supposedly ordinary Germans with not the slightest trace of humanity and often with almost casual brutality. This is a must read for anyone - and that should be everyone - interested in the Holocaust and the fate of helpless and innocent people caught up in a web of Nazi madness. Several images still haunt me from the book:
1. people being murdered with a mixture of lime and water in a specially prepared mass grave;
2. the description of young children and babies being tossed from one train carriage to another and their heads hitting the hard ground or other surfaces with bloody consequences;
3. the bodies of young children being stuffed between the spaces of adult corpses to fill each burial pit to full capacity.
May these innocents never be forgotten.
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first time reading about Chelmno, interesting also frightening to realize again that all this only happened 75 years ago. Let`s remember.
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