Hitler's Prisons : Legal Terror in Nazi Germany / Nikolaus Wachsmann.
- New Haven, CT : Yale University Press, 
1 online resource (560 pages) : 40 b-w illustrations.
- Political prisoners -- Germany.
Prisoners -- Germany.
Prisons -- Germany.
- In English.
- System Details:
- Mode of access: Internet via World Wide Web.
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- State prisons played an indispensable part in the terror of the Third Reich, incarcerating many hundreds of thousands of men and women during the Nazi era. This important book illuminates the previously unknown world of Nazi prisons, their victims, and the judicial and penal officials who built and operated this system of brutal legal terror. Nikolaus Wachsmann describes the operation and function of legal terror in the Third Reich and brings Nazi prisons to life through the harrowing stories of individual inmates. Drawing on a vast array of archival materials, he traces the series of changes in prison policies and practice that led eventually to racial terror, brutal violence, slave labor, starvation, and mass killings. Wachsmann demonstrates that "ordinary" legal officials were ready collaborators who helped to turn courts and prisons into key components in the Nazi web of terror. And he concludes with a discussion of the whitewash of the Nazi legal system in postwar West Germany.
Map of German penal institutions
1. The Weimar Prison, 1918-33
2. Inside the Nazi Prison
3. The Campaign agains 'Community Aliens'
4. The Nazi Web of Terror
5. Law in Wartime
6. Prison Conditions: from Bad to Worse
7. Privilege and Punishment
8. Killing Prisoners
9. Final Defeat
10. The Nazi Prison in Perspective
- Description based on online resource; title from PDF title page (publisher's Web site, viewed 15. Sep 2020)
- De Gruyter.
- Contained In:
- De Gruyter University Press Library.
- Publisher Number:
- 10.12987/9780300228298 doi
- Access Restriction:
- Restricted for use by site license.
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