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Nazi Concentration Camp Commandants 1933-1945 (Paperback)

Images of War

WWII Photo Books Hitler & the Third Reich WWII Photographic Books

By Ian Baxter
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Series: Images of War Books
Pages: 143
ISBN: 9781781593882
Published: 9th December 2014

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Using many rare and unpublished images this book identifies and delves into the characters of the notorious men who were instrumental in one of the greatest crimes against humanity in World history.

Through words and pictures the chilling truth emerges. In many respects these monsters were all too normal. Rudolf Hess, the Commandant of Auschwitz, was a family man and hospitable host and yet while there is no record of his committing acts of violence personally he presided over a regime that accounted for over a million deaths. Others such as Amon Goeth and Josef Kramer personally promoted violence and terror and took pleasure from ever more brutal practices. They were competitive in obtaining 'results'. While following orders from above they did not hesitate to use their own initiative in pursuit of their barbaric objectives.

Every occupied country in Europe was touched by the 'Final Solution' and despite the capture, trials and punishment of these leading perpetrators the stain of man's inhumanity to man, woman and child remains ineradicable.

Justice came too late for millions but the lessons learnt must never be forgotten and this book throws new light on the managers of the murderous Holocaust process.

This new book follows the well-established and popular format of the ‘Image of War’ series. All books in this series stand on the quality of their images, but they also pack a surprising amount of information into the text. This is a worthy addition to a successful series and it provides a chilling review of one of the major genocides of history through the nature of the images. This is an important book that deserves to be widely read...This new book traces the complete history and evolution of the concentration camps through the camp commandants. The images are chilling not only because they show the machinery of mass killing, but because they also show individuals and groups of people, who managed the terrible process, as normal uniformed officers, comfortable in their surroundings.

FIRE Project

The pictures of the guards and their ordinary lives set in juxtaposition of the inmates is what makes the book so haunting. While the book is haunting it is also an excellent addition to the Holocaust canon.

Paul Diggett

This book accurately reflects it’s title. Short on words and filled with pictures it shows the SS Commandants and, sometimes, men who manned the concentration camps from 1933-­1945. It gives a brief overview of the development of the GERMAN concentration camp system and how it evolved from a single prison for dissidents and political enemies of the Third Reich to a wide spread system of death and labour camps throughout Nazi occupied Europe.

Argunners.com

The pictures of the guards and their ordinary lives set in juxtaposition to that of the inmates is what makes the book so haunting. ... An excellent addition to the Holocaust canon.

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About Ian Baxter

Ian Baxter has produced a fine selection of highly illustrated books in the Images of War Series mainly covering Axis Forces in WW2. He is a dedicated collector of rare images and an expert in his field. He lives near Chelmsford, Essex.

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