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Death Marches
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The death marches refer to the brutal and for many prisoners fatal transports, by means of which the SS cleared the concentration and extermination camps at the end of the Second World War. It is estimated that from January to early May 1945 at least a quarter of a million people were murdered in the concentration camp system, in the camps themselves, or on the death marches, including tens of thousands of Jews. For the pe…

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Greiser, Katrin, “Death Marches”, in: Encyclopedia of Jewish History and Culture Online, Original German Language Edition: Enzyklopädie Jüdischer Geschichte und Kultur. Im Auftrag der Sächsischen Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Leipzig herausgegeben von Dan Diner. © J.B. Metzler, Stuttgart/Springer-Verlag GmbH Deutschland 2011–2017. Consulted online on 10 December 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2468-8894_ejhc_COM_0933>
First published online: 2017
First print edition: 20180401

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