The Krakow Ghetto and the Plaszow Camp Remembered

The Krakow Ghetto and the Plaszow Camp Remembered

The Krakow Ghetto and the Plaszow Camp Remembered

The Krakow Ghetto and the Plaszow Camp Remembered

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Many years have passed since World War II ended, but the nightmares of war linger on in the minds of all who lived through the Holocaust. I did not plan, until recently, nor did I want to relive the atrocities of the ghetto and concentration camps. But two developments made me change my mind. One was the publication of a 1978 book entitled The Hoax of the Twentieth Century, written byArthur Butz. Butz, who was not in Europe during the years of the war, had the audacity to assert that the Holocaust per se had never occurred, that the number of deaths never exceeded 250,000, let alone 6 million. This was his assertion despite the fact that Americans had fought in the war, had been in Europe, and had seen the camps--and the millions of corpses, the crematoria, and the gas chambers. Even the German government has acknowledged the horrendous extent of the Nazi crimes committed upon the whole of European Jewry.

There is a second reason for my change of mind: the little that is known of the ghetto of Kraków, Poland, and the Kraków- Płaszów Concentration Camp. These were among the largest and most dehumanizing of the ghettos and camps. The camp was the . . .

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