What they have found so far has shocked even scholars steeped in the history of the Holocaust.
The researchers have cataloged some 42,500 Nazi ghettos and camps throughout Europe, spanning German-controlled areas from France to Russia and Germany itself, during Hitler’s reign of brutality from 1933 to 1945.
The figure is so staggering that even fellow Holocaust scholars had to make sure they had heard it correctly when the lead researchers previewed their findings at an academic forum in late January at the German Historical Institute in Washington.
“The numbers are so much higher than what we originally thought,” Hartmut Berghoff, director of the institute, said in an interview after learning of the new data.
“We knew before how horrible life in the camps and ghettos was,” he said, “but the numbers are unbelievable.”
The documented camps include not only “killing centers” but also thousands of forced labor camps, where prisoners manufactured war supplies; prisoner-of-war camps; sites euphemistically named “care” centers, where pregnant women were forced to have abortions or their babies were killed after birth; and brothels, where women were coerced into having sex with German military personnel.
This is why it is absurd to compare any politician, Republican or Democrat, to Hitler. No matter how strongly you disagree with someone’s views, no one is forcing women to have abortions. No one is advocating for raping women by the thousands. While I’m willing to call Paul Ryan a liar and Marco Rubio a scumbag, I understand that neither of these men would like to see 20 million people die (but they are O.K. with them getting thousands of dollars of debt when they go to the emergency room).
If you want to be taken seriously, cut that s*** out. There’s plenty of debate that can take place without comparing the other side to an evil empire.