A Tale of Two Camps

KLinfamyTwo cautionary tales about what happens when state security runs amok. KL by Nikolaus Wachsmann details the deliberate efforts of the Nazi regime to eliminate political enemies and social undesirables. He shows how the regime grew from existing workhouses and state prisons to industrial interment centers like Auschwitz and how its purposes expanded from internment to slave labor to genocide. Wachsman chronicle it is to Hitler’s Germany what The Gulag Archipelago was to Stalin’s Russia.  Infamy by Richard Reeves details the wartime panic which lead to the interment of  of Japanese Americans for the duration of World War II. Reeves offers a  “painful but necessary and timely reminder of how overblown fears about national security can have shameful consequences (Booklist).”

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