Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

3/5/2013 (2 years ago)

Catholic Online (

42,500 Nazi camps, ghettos stretched from Nazi-controlled France to Russia between 1933 and 1945

The Holocaust cast the longest and darkest shadow across 20th century history. The systematic persecution, torture and wholesale murder of Jews and others during the Third Reich across Europe resulted in the deaths of - at a conservative estimate - of over six million people. Researchers are now horrified to discover that the infrastructure for this Machine of death was far larger and more prevalent than what was previously thought.

Auschwitz was the largest and most famous of the Nazi concentration camps, but a new study says it was just one of a total of 980 across Europe.

Auschwitz was the largest and most famous of the Nazi concentration camps, but a new study says it was just one of a total of 980 across Europe.


By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (

3/5/2013 (2 years ago)

Published in Europe

Keywords: Holocaust, Adolf Hitler, concentration camps, research, infrastructure

LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Researchers originally expected to find about 7,000 camps and ghettos throughout the continent when they began. The final number they found was a staggering 42,500 locations.

Auschwitz was the largest and most famous of the Nazi concentration camps, but a new study says it was just one of a total of 980 across Europe.

New research shows that about 42,500 Nazi camps and ghettos stretched from Nazi-controlled France to Russia between 1933 and 1945, during Adolf Hitler's reign of terror and darkness.

Researcher Martin Dean was astonished to find the prevalence of camps in Germany. Berlin, for instance, had about 3,000 camps and Hamburg had 1,300 sites.

"You literally could not go anywhere in Germany without running into forced labor camps, P.O.W. camps, concentration camps," Dean says. "They were everywhere."

Dean and fellow scholar Geoffrey Megargee presented their findings at the German Historical Institute in Washington in late January, reported The New York Times.

"The numbers are so much higher than what we originally thought," institute director Hartmut Berghoff told reporters. "We knew before how horrible life in the camps and ghettos was . but the numbers are unbelievable."

The research team uncovered 30,000 slave camps, 1,150 Jewish ghettos, 1,000 prisoner-of-war camps, 980 concentration camps, 500 sex-slave brothels and thousands of other camps serving a myriad of wicked ends: forced abortions, mandatory euthanasia of the elderly and ill, "Germanization" and transportation hubs to murder sites, according to the Times.

The team started its research in 2000 for a seven-volume encyclopedia published by the Holocaust Museum, who have already released the first two volumes and expect to release all seven by 2025.


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'

Copywriter 2015 - Distributed by THE NEWS CONSORTIUM

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for October 2015
That human trafficking, the modern form of slavery, may be eradicated.
Evangelization: That with a missionary spirit the Christian communities of Asia may announce the Gospel to those who are still awaiting it.


More Europe

Vatican corruption: Journalists stand trial Watch

Image of Gianluigi Nuzzi and Emiliano Fittipaldi must stand trial at the Vatican for publishing confidential documents (Reuters).


Following the publication of books claiming the Holy See was mismanaged and spoiled through corruption, five people went on trial at the Vatican on Tuesday. Two of the five on trial were Italian Journalists Gianluigi Nuzzi and Emiliano Fittipaldi, neither of whom ... continue reading

Undercover reporter reveals secret FEMALE ISIS organization in Britain Watch

Image of One veiled ISIS sympathizer was filmed during the undercover investigation (Channel 4).


In a new British documentary titled The British Women Supporters Unveiled, one young female reporter goes undercover to infiltrate a secret Muslim organization designed to garner sympathy for the Islamic State. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The reporter, who uses ... continue reading

OUTRAGEOUS: Find out why The Lord's Prayer was BANNED from Just Pray movie theater ad Watch

Image of


An advertisement featuring the Lord's Prayer has been banned from movie theaters in England. According to the Church of England, the policy that prevents the prayer advertisement did not exist when they began production on the commercial. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic ... continue reading

Swiss farmer finds 4,000 extremely rare Roman coins in his orchard Watch

Image of The cache of coins is estimated to be more than 1,700 years old.


A Swiss farmer was tilling his orchard in Ueken, in the northern canton of Aargau, Switzerland, when he spotted something shiny on the ground. He had inadvertently stumbled across a treasure trove of Roman-era coins - 4,166 in all, some dating as back as 274 ... continue reading

Five people indicted by Vatican in 'Vati-leaks' scandal Watch

Image of Journalists Gianluigi Nuzzi and Emiliano Fittipaldi (pictured), had both recently published books, citing specific Vatican documents detailing waste, mismanagement, and greed.


A judge, rendering a decision in a scandal involving Vatican finances has indicted five people, which include two journalists and a Vatican monsignor. Information linking the Vatican to financial malfeasance, as well as related graft and corruption called ... continue reading

Massacre in France is a Piecemeal Third World War, and Jesus is the Path to Peace Watch

Image of With tenderness, Jesus looked out from the Mount of Olives and saw the Holy City of Jerusalem. How he loved - and still loves - that special City. Then, Jesus wept. The Word Incarnate, made a man like us in all things but sin, cried. He knew that the City of Jerusalem would soon be overtaken and destroyed by the armies of Titus. He wept the tears of Love - and revealed the compassion of His Sacred Heart

By Deacon Keith Fournier

Do we recognize the time of our own visitation? God is present in our world today. He wants to  speak, to lead, to serve, to heal and to save. He is not to blame for the mess we are in. We are!  Those who purport to be representing their "God"  as ... continue reading

ISIS targets Vatican -Italy's U.S. Embassy warns American travelers to stay away Watch

Image of ISIS released a poorly-photoshopped image of their flag flying atop the Vatican.


Italy's United States Embassy issued a security alert to Americans in Europe as ISIS reveals attack plans on specific buildings including the Vatican and the La Scala opera house in Milan. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - In an email with the subject line "Security ... continue reading

SICK, EVIL GESTURE: ISIS gives social media campaign sickening spin Watch

Image of Islamic State, along with other sick individuals and groups, are offering a transparent overlay of the French tricolors - with a muddy boot footprint, to show their support for last week's terrorist attacks in Paris.


It's an especially diabolical move intended to disrupt the activities of the social media generation. Encouraged to show their solidarity with the nation of France, users on Facebook and Instagram have been encouraged to cover their profile pictures with a transparency ... continue reading

You won't believe what Homeland Security knew about Paris and the ISIS mastermind SIX MONTHS before the attacks Watch

Image of Authorities raided a building Paris suburb of Saint-Denis linked to 27-year-old Abdelhamid Abaaoud. Investigators are trying to determine if Abaaoud had been in the apartment, or if he is still alive.


The man and the method behind last week's terrorist attacks had long been in the sights of Homeland Security. U.S. Homeland Security predicted possible major ISIS attacks against major metropolitan cities in the West six months ago. The man believed ... continue reading

Paris attack mastermind Abdelhamid Abaaoud DEAD after 6-hour raid yields two dead terrorists and seven in custody Watch

Image of SWAT and security forces raided a Saint-Denis apartment. Following the 6-hour firefight, two terrorists are dead and seven are in custody (AP).


French President François Hollande announced seven suspected terrorists have been detained and two have been killed, following a violent operation in Saint-Denis, Paris on Wednesday. It is believed Abdelhamid Abaaoud, the suspected mastermind behind the Paris terror ... continue reading

All Europe News


Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Subscribe to Catholic OnlineYouTube Channel

the FEED
by Catholic Online

  • Daily Readings for Wednesday, November 25, 2015
  • You won't believe what happened to these misguided teens who joined ISIS
  • St. Catherine of Alexandria: Saint of the Day for Wednesday, November ...
  • St. John The Apostle HD
  • 'We cannot succumb to fear': U.S. joins France in fight against ISIS
  • St. Patrick HD
  • Clone livestock, racehorses, the family pet - China opens world's ...

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Daniel 2:31-45
31 'You have had a vision, Your Majesty; this is what you saw: a statue, ... Read More

Psalm, Daniel 3:57, 58, 59, 60, 61
57 Bless the Lord, all the Lord's creation: praise and glorify him for ... Read More

Gospel, Luke 21:5-11
5 When some were talking about the Temple, remarking how it was adorned ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for November 24th, 2015 Image

St. Andrew Dung Lac
November 24: Through the missionary efforts of various ... Read More