KL: A History of the Nazi Concentration Camps

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The first comprehensive history of the Nazi concentration camps

In a landmark work of history, Nikolaus Wachsmann offers an unprecedented, integrated account of the Nazi concentration camps from their inception in 1933 through their demise, seventy years ago, in the spring of 1945. The Third Reich has been studied in more depth than virtually any other period in history, and yet until now there has been no history of the camp system that tells the full story of its broad development and the everyday experiences of its inhabitants, both perpetrators and victims, and all those living in what Primo Levi called "the gray zone."
In KL, Wachsmann fills this glaring gap in our understanding. He not only synthesizes a new generation of scholarly work, much of it untranslated and unknown outside of Germany, but also presents startling revelations, based on many years of archival research, about the functioning and scope of the camp system. Examining, close up, life and death inside the camps, and adopting a wider lens to show how the camp system was shaped by changing political, legal, social, economic, and military forces, Wachsmann produces a unified picture of the Nazi regime and its camps that we have never seen before.
A boldly ambitious work of deep importance, KL is destined to be a classic in the history of the twentieth century.
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Nikolaus Wachsmann is a professor of modern European history at Birkbeck College, University of London. He is the author of the prizewinning Hitler's Prisons and a coeditor of Concentration Camps in Nazi Germany: The New Histories.

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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Apr 14, 2015
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History / Europe / Germany
History / Holocaust
History / Jewish
History / Military / World War II
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KL, Konzentrationslager, designa o sistema dos campos de concentrac?o nazis. E tambem o titulo da primeira historia geral desta realidade tragica que importa conhecer. Nesta notavel obra de referencia historica, Nikolaus Wachsmann oferece o primeiro relato, sem precedentes, dos campos de concentrac?o nazis, desde a sua concepc?o, em 1933, ate ao seu encerramento, na primavera de 1945. O Terceiro Reich e o periodo mais estudado da Historia, e no entanto faltava ate agora escrever uma historia geral do amplo sistema de campos de concentrac?o, bem como das experiencias quotidianas dos seus habitantes - perpetradores, vitimas, e todos aqueles que viviam naquela area que Primo Levi designou como . Com KL - Uma Historia dos Campos de Concentrac?o Nazis Wachsmann preenche esta lacuna evidente no nosso entendimento do passado. Ele n?o sintetiza apenas o trabalho academico de uma gerac?o, uma parte importante do qual desconhecida ate agora fora da Alemanha, como tambem faz revelac?es surpreendentes, baseadas em muitos anos de pesquisa arquivistica, sobre o funcionamento e a extens?o do sistema de campos. Ao examinar, em detalhe, a vida e a morte dentro dos campos, e ao adoptar uma abordagem mais panoramica para mostrar que o sistema era moldado pela evoluc?o das varias forcas politicas, legais, sociais, economicas e militares, Wachsmann produz uma imagem unificada do regime nazi e dos seus campos de concentrac?o nunca antes vista. Uma obra de grande ambic?o e importancia, KL esta destinada a tornar-se um classico da historia do seculo xx.
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