World War Two (WW2) Concentration Camps & Slave Workers

Victims of the Holocaust.

The Holocaust was the killing of approximately six million European Jews, as well as six million others who were deemed “unworthy of life” (including the disabled and mentally ill, Soviet POWs, homosexuals, Freemasons, Jehovah’s Witnesses, and the Roma) as part of a program of deliberate extermination planned and executed by the National Socialist government in Germany led by Adolf Hitler. About 12 million forced laborers, most of whom were Eastern Europeans, were employed in the German war economy inside the Nazi Germany.
In addition to the Nazi concentration camps, the Soviet Gulag, or labor camps, led to the death of citizens of occupied countries such as Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia, as well as German prisoners of war (POW) and even Soviet citizens themselves who had been or were thought to be supporters of the Nazis. Sixty percent of Soviet POWs died during the war. Vadim Erlikman estimates the number at 2.6 million Soviet POWs that died in German Captivity. Richard Overy gives the number of 5.7 million Soviet POWs. Of those, 57% died or were killed, a total of 3.6 million.[154] The survivors on their return to the USSR were treated as traitors (see Order No. 270).[155]

Japanese POW camps also had high death rates, many were used as labour camps. According to the findings of the Tokyo tribunal, the death rate of Western prisoners was 27.1% (American POWs died at a rate of 37%), seven times that of POW’s under the Germans and Italians[157] The death rate of Chinese was much larger as, according to the directive ratified on 5 August 1937 by Hirohito, the constraints of international law were removed on those prisoners.[158] Thus, if 37,583 prisoners from the UK, 28,500 from Netherlands and 14,473 from USA were released after the surrender of Japan, the number for the Chinese was only 56.[159]
According to a joint study of historians featuring Zhifen Ju, Mark Peattie, Toru Kubo, and Mitsuyoshi Himeta, more than 10 million Chinese were mobilized by the Japanese army and enslaved by the Kōa-in for slave labor in Manchukuo and north China. The U.S. Library of Congress estimates that in Java, between 4 and 10 million romusha (Japanese: “manual laborer”), were forced to work by the Japanese military. About 270,000 of these Javanese laborers were sent to other Japanese-held areas in South East Asia. Only 52,000 were repatriated to Java, meaning that there was a death rate of 80%. According to Mitsuyoshi Himeta, at least 2.7 million died during the Sankō Sakusen implemented in Heipei and Shantung by General Yasuji Okamura.

On February 19, 1942, Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, interning thousands of Japanese, Italians, German Americans, and some emigrants from Hawaii who fled after the bombing of Pearl Harbor for the duration of the war. 150,000 Japanese-Americans were interned by the U.S. and Canadian governments, as well as nearly 11,000 German and Italian residents of the U.S.

Allied use of slave labor occurred mainly in the east, such as in Poland, but more than a million was also put to work in the west. By December 1945 it was estimated by French authorities that 2,000 German prisoners were being killed or maimed each month in mine-clearing accidents.

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17 responses to “World War Two (WW2) Concentration Camps & Slave Workers

  1. lauren conley

    omg this all realy happend

  2. Melodie

    We are learning about the holocaust in school. And i think that this was simply horrible. and unfortunate for me my report im writing is about concentration camps and it all brings a tear to my eye The way These poor people were treated.

  3. im doing a paper on this shit to its bs how they were treated i wish hitler was alive so i could kick his ass

  4. bobo

    i wish i could rip hitlers mustach off his face

  5. bill goreg

    fu all hitler was the best thing that has ever happend to this world so shut the f up

  6. bomb bomb

    hitler rocks and if you dont think so then shut the f up he was the best thing that has ever happend to this world

  7. Bill Goreg & Bomb Bomb

    Why dont you reveal your real name.

    Your e-mail address says you are Daniel.

    Killing 6 million people. Torture and destruction.

    Hitler was a Monster and a coward.

    Perhaps a little like yourself?

    Be a man and reveal your self?

  8. Chris

    Im doing a report in this.

  9. aza

    i got 2 do an essay bout

  10. i got this shit ass essay bout this

  11. Aza & Justin

    If you have anything to release through this BLOG then please get in touch.

    We are prepared to release anything of interest

    Regards

    Pigeon Project

  12. Gingavere

    I have to do an essay on this, and reading about all the tortures, the throwing live children into ovens, surgery without anesthesia, it’s horrid!
    Those of you who think Hitler was the best thing that happened to the world, I pity you. You obviously have a lot of hate in your life, and know not the taste of true love.

  13. GILBERT

    hitler is a b*****

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