Chelmno and the Holocaust

Chelmno and the Holocaust : A History of Hitler's First Death Camp

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As the first extermination camp established by the Nazi regime and the prototype of the single-purpose death camps of Treblinka, Sobibor and Belzec, the Chelmno death camp stands as a crucial but largely unexplored element of the Holocaust. This book is the first comprehensive work in any language to detail all aspects of the camp's history, organisation and operations and to remedy the dearth of information in the Holocaust literature about Chelmno, which served as a template for the Nazis' 'Final Solution'. The book reveals the mobile killing squad that employed the world's first gas van to terminate the lives of mentally-ill patients and the assembly-line procedure employed in the camp - from a deceptive welcoming speech to the gassing of victims in special vans. Based on over 20 years of thorough research, this work contains first-hand accounts and photographs never before published and is a vital contribution to a painfully neglected but critically important chapter in the history of the Holocaust.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 320 pages
  • 156 x 234 x 30.99mm | 671g
  • I.B. TAURIS
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 51 bw in 16pp 1/1 plates, 4 maps
  • 1848857225
  • 9781848857223
  • 1,087,066

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As the first extermination camp established by the Nazi regime, the Chelmno death camp stands as a crucial but largely unexplored element of the Holocaust. This book is the first comprehensive work in any language to detail all aspects of the camp's history, organization, and operations and to remedy the dearth of information in Holocaust literature about Chelmno, which served as a template for the Nazis' "Final Solution." Includes previously unpublished first-hand accounts and photographs.
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Table of contents

List of Illustrations
List of Maps
Acknowledgments
Foreword by Christopher R. Browning
Introduction

1. Prologue
The Euthanasia Program
Mobile Killing Operations
The Turning Point

2. Extermination: The first period (1941-1943)
Establishing The Camp
The Transports
The Mansion: Arrival, Murder, Plunder
The Forest Camp
Resumption of Transports
Escapes
First Liquidation of The Camp

3. Extermination: The second period (1944-1945)
Re-Establishing The Camp
A New Killing Procedure
Final Liquidation of The Camp

4. Epilogue
Chelmno: 1945 to the Present
The Number of Victims
Conclusion and Reflection

Appendices
Appendix I: The Gas Vans
Appendix II: The Kaszy?ski Affair
Appendix III: Fates of Key Figures

Notes
Bibliography
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'CheAmno and the Holocaust is very well researched and presents in highly accessible form a significant amount of new material. Patrick Montague gives much attention to the Jewish victims of CheAmno, but also explores in greater depth the background, motives and behaviour of the SS men, their local ethnic German auxiliaries and, in particular, the group of Polish former prisoners who were deployed as helpers and who turned into collaborators. This is an important contribution to the history of the genocide against Europe's Jews and also sheds important light on the mass murder of the disabled and Gypsies at the hands of the Third Reich. It will become the standard work on the killing site at CheAmno.' - David Cesarani, Research Professor in History, Royal Holloway, University of London 'Through assiduous research into new sources Patrick Montague gives a chilling account of the CheAmno camp, from its unusual topography to its terrible death toll to its overall horror. He further reconstructs Nazi extermination policies in the Warthegau, the German-annexed territory which CheAmno was to serve, while analyzing the camp's German personnel as well as the Poles and Jews who served in its nightmarish work detachments. In all, CheAmno and the Holocaust is an essential addition to Holocaust scholarship.'- Norman J. W. Goda, Norman and Irma Braman, Professor of Holocaust Studies, University of Florida 'CheAmno is a subject that is relatively underrepresented in the growing literature in Holocaust studies in general and histories of the camps in particular. This book provides a very useful addition to the English language historiography and will be a valuable reference work for historians interested in knowing more about the evolution of the CheAmno camp. It is well written and packed with detail.' -Tim Cole, Senior Lecturer in Social History, Bristol University
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About Patrick Montague

Patrick Montague received a Fulbright Scholarship to fund his research on the history of Chelmno - this book arises from his research.
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