The Importance Of Death Marches In The Holocaust

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Forced to march on and on with no feeling and dwindling hope, the victims of the Nazi concentration camps suffered from exhaustion and starvation as they walked through the unbearable winter. The Nazi party executed these evacuations, but the real question lies on why they did it. Not wanting the victims to interact with enemy countries, demanding them to maintain their weaponry and equipment, and holding the victims as hostages in attempt to establish peace, the Nazi party primarily conducted these death marches to protect and maintain their reputation as a political party. Explained in the article, “Death Marches in the Holocaust”, by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, “SS authorities did not want prisoners to fall into enemy hands alive to tell their stories to Allied and Soviet liberators.”(2). If the prisoners encountered the rescuers from the west, they certainly would have exposed all the tortuous and horrendous actions the Nazis have inflicted on them. The SS did not want these stories to be leaked because they knew that if other people were to find out, the destruction of their party would have been a primary goal across the world. Furthermore, evacuating the prisoners seemed like the safest option for the Nazi party to have very little damage in their reputation, especially when they would bomb the concentration camps to hide their tracks. However, this was not the only reason they demanded these marches. Using the victims to continue the supply of

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