America and the Holocaust

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America and the Holocaust With the liberation of the concentration camps at the end of WWII, the issue at hand was what to do with the Jewish peoples with no place to go. In the month of March 1933, one of the first camps, Dachau, was opened. Dachau was a concentration camp, or a prison camp maintained by the Third Reich, [the name for Germany when the government was controlled by Adolf Hitler]. Aside these concentration camps was two other types of camps; labor camps, and death camps. A main concentration camp was Theresienstadt. Theresienstadt was located in what is now known as the Czech Republic. More than 150,000 were kept there for months until being sent to their deaths in Treblinka and Auschwitz death camps. The people in…show more content…
The doctors who examined the incoming prisoners and sorted them also worked in these hospitals performing medical research on the ill. This medical research was mostly placing the Jewish prisoners in ice water baths then monitoring them until they died. This research was mostly used to prevent hypothermia if German Pilots ever ended up being stranded in the ocean. Some of the experiments performed by doctors often had no research purpose at all, such as experiments involving eye color changing using chemical droppers and the surgical sewing of children together to create siamese twins. Auschwitz was the largest death camp with 20,000 Jews being killed a day and 39 subcamps. The Nazi leadership aimed to deceive the German population, the victims, and the outside world regarding their genocidal policy toward Jews. Positive stories were fabricated as part of the planned deception. One book printed and distributed in 1941 reported that in Poland, German authorities had put Jews to work, built clean hospitals, set up soup kitchens for Jews, and provided them with newspapers and vocational training. By 1944 most of the international community knew about the camps and were aware that the Germans and their axis partners brutally mistreated prisoners although exact details about the living conditions were unclear. The existence of the Nazi camps was known by most of the European governments long before the beginning of World War II.
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