From Rabbi Benjamin Blech at aish.com:
Researchers at United States Holocaust Memorial Museum have just released documentation that astounds even the most informed scholars steeped in the previously known statistics of German atrocities. Here is some of what has now been conclusively discovered:
The take away:
- There were more than 42,500 Nazi ghettos and camps throughout Europe from 1933 to 1945.
- There were 30,000 slave labor camps; 1,150 Jewish ghettos; 980 concentration camps; 1000 prisoner of war camps; 500 brothels filled with sex slaves; and thousands of other camps used for euthanizing the elderly and infirm, performing forced abortions, “Germanizing” prisoners or transporting victims to killing centers.
- The best estimate using current information available is 15to 20 million people who died or were imprisoned in sites controlled by the Germans throughout the European continent.
The “decent” people were somehow able to rationalize their silence.I contacted the good Rabbi about his references. He was kind enough to answer. He said he had read about this in Erich Lichtblau's New York Times Sunday Review article on the Holocaust Museum's discoveries.