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The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum encyclopedia of camps and ghettos, 1933–1945

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Call NumberREF 940.5317 E56
Sub-CollectionReference Collection
Dates[2009–]; ©2009–
Statement of Responsibilitygeneral editor, Geoffrey P. Megargee.
Creators & ContributorsMegargee, Geoffrey P. (editor)
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (contributor)
Summary"The Nazis and their allies ran more than 44,000 camps, ghettos, and other sites of detention, persecution, forced labor, and murder during the Holocaust. Few people know about the breadth of the Nazi camp system and the conditions in those places—including the broad range of prisoner experiences. The Encyclopedia of Camps and Ghettos, 1933–1945, aims to answer basic questions about as many of those sites as possible. In addition, through this work, the [United States Holocaust Memorial Museum] and Indiana University Press will provide scholars with leads for additional research, and memorialize the places where millions of people suffered and died. A small team of editors, writers and researchers at the Museum, plus hundreds of volunteers and scholars from around the world, began working on the Encyclopedia in 1999. The Museum has published three volumes and is working on four more. When it is complete, the Encyclopedia will be the most comprehensive and up-to-date guide to the Nazi camp system in existence. Each of the Encyclopedia’s seven volumes will describe a particular set of sites, according to their type or subordination. Within the volumes, the entries are further organized to illuminate aspects of the sites' development and operation. In this way, the reader can gain an understanding, not just for the details of individual sites, but for the system as a whole. Photographs, charts, and maps supplement the text, and extensive indexes assist the reader in finding particular places, people, and organizations." —United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
  • Volume I (in two volumes). Early camps, youth camps, and concentration camps and subcamps under the SS-Business Administration Main Office (WVHA) / volume editor, Geoffrey P. Megargee
  • Volume II (in two volumes). Ghettos in German-occupied Eastern Europe / volume editor, Martin Dean ; contributing editor, Mel Hecker
  • Volume III. Camps and ghettos under European regimes aligned with Nazi Germany / volume editor, Joseph R. White ; contributing editor, Mel Hecker
Physical Description volumes (volume 1; in 2; volume 2; in 2; volume 3) : illustrations, maps ; 29 cm
PublisherBloomington : Indiana University Press ; [Washington, DC] : In association with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
NotesIncludes bibliographical references and indexes
URL, Access the freely available full text of volumes I and II from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM).
Location in CollectionReference Collection