Holocaust Far Worse Than We Thought
Museum research greatly raises number of camps, ghettos
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Mar 2, 2013 9:54 AM CST
Updated Mar 2, 2013 2:00 PM CST
In this 1943 photo provided by the US Holocaust Memorial Museum courtesy of George Kadish/Zvi Kadushin, Jews are gathered at an assembly point in the Kaunas ghetto in Lithuania.   (AP Photo/United States Holocaust Memorial Museum)

(Newser) – No doubt you've heard of Auschwitz, Treblinka, and the Warsaw Ghetto, but probably not the Munchen-Schwabing camp in Germany. It was perhaps the smallest slave-labor camp run by the Nazis, with maybe a dozen people there at a time forced into manual labor, writes Eric Lichtblau in the New York Times. Researchers at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum say it's now becoming clear that such facilities were far more prevalent than thought in Germany and throughout Europe during the war. They've identified more than 42,500 of various sizes, about six times the number they expected to find. The sites ranged from killing centers to brothels to ghettos to labor camps.

“We knew before how horrible life in the camps and ghettos was,” says the director of the German Historical Institute in Washington, “but the numbers are unbelievable.” The lead editors of a multi-volume encyclopedia being published by the museum put the number of people imprisoned or killed at the sites at 15 million to 20 million. “Nobody even knows about these places,” says one survivor of five lesser-known camps, who now volunteers at the museum. “Everything should be documented. That’s very important. We try to tell the youngsters so that they know, and they’ll remember.”

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Mar 9, 2013 4:23 PM CST
Steven Spillberg where are you? Please bring all this out in the open for the world to see.... Shouldn't Germany have something deep in their achives with this information...surely records were kept. The Gold Bars in the Swiss banks made from their dental fillings. How many fillings did it take up to make up one bar...many, many questions remain unanswered. 1942
bonzai18
Mar 5, 2013 11:48 AM CST
Hitler was into ridding the world of more than just the jewish population. In all of the killings, there were the mentally and physically ill, gypsies and pretty much anyone who did not fit his idea of the Aryan race.
jonnynonos77
Mar 4, 2013 10:54 AM CST
The people reporting on this are not doing a very good job. "20,000,000." Well, who were they? There were not that many Jews in the entire world--meaning the "Holocaust" just became primarily a non-Jewish event. What was a "camp?" What was a "detainment center?" Are they counting every railway station, warehouse, etc., used to temporarily house people on their way to a camp? This is a drastic revision of everything that's been written since it happened.