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Teufel Und Verdammte
Teufel Und Verdammte
By Benedikt Kautsky
B├╝chergilde Gutenberg, 1948, 375 pp

This sober and judicious volume, written immediately after the author's release from a concentration camp, was originally published in Switzerland, and now reappears with slight emendations in a preface. Kautsky breaks the history of the concentration camps roughly into four periods -- 1933-36, 1936-39, 1939-42 and 1942-45 -- and shows how Nazi policy was usually at cross-purposes, alternating between contradictory objectives: correction, punishment, desire for a labor force and extermination. The gross corruption in administration, the details of camp life, and relations among cliques of inmates are all laid bare.