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From Wed Oct  2 14:27:17 PDT 1996
Article: 21398 of
From: (E.F.Schelby)
Subject: Re: KZ Buchenwald near Weimar operated until 1953
Organization: Southwest Cyberport
References: <52k6uo$> 
Date: Wed, 2 Oct 1996 00:54:52 GMT
Approved: [John Davis - Moderator]
Moderator: [John Davis - Moderator]
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"George F. Hardy"  wrote:

>In article <52k6uo$>, (Terry
>Schmidt) says:

>>The nazi concentration camp Buchenwald was kept in operation
>>after the Liberation by the russians and east german state security.

>All though the DDR I have seen old facilities used by the Russians.

>So don't be surprised if the Russians used other facilities, like
>concentration camps.

They did. Buchenwald was still a concentration camp. 30,000 were
imprisoned there after 1945, and 13,200 of these died of hunger,
cold, disease and maltreatment.

Additional Soviet Zone concentration camps were operated in Bautzen,
Hohenschoenhausen, Jamlitz, Ketschendorf, Landsberg, Muehlberg,
Neubrandenburg, Sachsenhausen, Weesow, and Torgau. According to
Naimark (who states that these could be called death camps) these
facilities had a total of 240,000 prisoners from 1945-1949, of which
95,643 died.

On Sept.24, 1992, German newspapers reported that fifty mass graves
had been found near the concentration camp of Sachsenhausen
(Spetslager No.7). The evidence clearly showed that these graves
dated from the postwar Soviet administration of the camp. Thousands
of bodies of Germans were discovered. In addition, 3,000 bodies were
discovered in Berlin-Hohenschoenhausen; 6,000 in Ketschendorf; and
many of the 18,000 who died at Special Camp No.4 were found in

(Source: Norman M.Naimark. _The Russians in Germany: A History
of the Soviet Zone of Occupation, 1945-1949._ Cambridge, MA:
Harvard University Press, 1995. Pages 376-378).


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