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3. The Liberation of the Camps
About this Lecture
In this module, we think about the liberation of Nazi concentration camps at the end of the Second World War, focusing in particular on: (i) the liberation of Auschwitz and the preceding evacuation of prisoners via organised ‘death marches’; (ii) the unregulated murder of thousands of prisoners in camps located across Germany’s territories during the final stages of World War Two; (iii) the first encounters and reactions of the Allied troops who liberated the camps; (iv) the continued sufferings of Jewish survivors after their liberation from the camps, and their struggle to re-integrate into postwar German society.
In this course, Professor Richard Bessel (University of York) explores the consequences of the Second World War in Germany. In the first module, we think about the final battles that took place towards the end of the Second World War. After that, in the second module, we think about the last days of the Third Reich in Germany, before turning in the third module to look at the liberation of Nazi concentration camps. In the fourth module, we consider the impact that Allied occupation had upon Germany, then in the fifth module we outline the far-reaching consequences of Germany’s loss of the eastern territories in 1945. Finally, in the sixth module, we think about the poor state that Germany was left in at the end of the Second World War, and how this manifested itself in the attitudes of subsequent generations.
Professor Richard Bessel is Professor Emeritus of Twentieth Century History at the University of York. He specialises in the social and political history of modern Germany, in particular the aftermath of the two world wars. He has published widely within this area, including Germany 1945: From War to Peace (2009) and Nazism and War .(2004).
Cite this Lecture
Bessel, R. (2022, July 21). Germany - The Consequences of War, 1945 - The Liberation of the Camps [Video]. MASSOLIT. https://www.massolit.io/courses/germany-the-consequences-of-war-1945/the-liberation-of-the-camps
Bessel, R. "Germany - The Consequences of War, 1945 – The Liberation of the Camps." MASSOLIT, uploaded by MASSOLIT, 21 Jul 2022, https://www.massolit.io/courses/germany-the-consequences-of-war-1945/the-liberation-of-the-camps