Death Camps

And What Happened Inside Them

Forced Labor

Forced labour played an important role in the Nazi regime’s Jewish policy as well as for the economy of the concentration camps. Forced labour became particularly important following the outbreak of World War II, when the Nazi war economy demanded an enormous effort.

In connection with the ’Final Solution’, the Jews’ role as workers diminished as the extermination process was escalated. This was particularly apparent as far as the Polish Jews were concerned. A morbid form of forced labour was instituted in 1941, according to which Jews should be “worked to death”.

Death Camps (1933-1939)

Eventually the Nazis created a more secluded and organized method of killing. Extermination centers were established in occupied Poland with special apparatus especially designed for mass murder. Giant death machines. Six such death camps existed: Auschwitz-Birkenau, Belzec, Chelmno, Majdanek, Sobibor, and Treblinka.


Children in Death Camps

1) children killed when they arrived in killing centers

2) children killed immediately after birth or in institutions

3) children born in ghettos and camps who survived because prisoners hid them

4) children, usually over age 12, who were used as laborers and as subjects of medical experiments

5) children killed during reprisal operations or so-called anti-partisan operations.
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