Each main camp entry features a map depicting the geography of the camp and its subcamps, as in this one of the Neuengamme system. US Holocaust Memorial Museum
Dutch Jewish prisoners stand at roll call shortly after their arrival on February 18, 1941, at Buchenwald. The letter “N” stands for Netherlands. US Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of AG-B
Mittelbau prisoners work on the tail assembly of the V2 rocket, possibly in Hall 35, 1944. US Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of Ullstein Bild
Jewish women at forced labor in the Plaszow concentration camp, 1943–44. US Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of IPN, Leopold Page Photographic Collection
Published by Indiana University Press in association with the Museum, each of the encyclopedia's seven volumes will address a group of sites according to type or subordination so that each volume can stand on its own. In this way, the reader can gain some appreciation for the conditions at a particular site as well as for how the system functioned as a whole. Photographs, charts, and maps will supplement the text.
EARLY CAMPS, YOUTH CAMPS, AND CONCENTRATION CAMPS AND SUBCAMPS UNDER THE SS-BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION MAIN OFFICE (WVHA). Editor: Geoffrey P. Megargee; Foreword: Elie Wiesel. Published June 2009.
Contains entries on 110 early camps, 23 main SS concentration camps (including Auschwitz, Buchenwald, and Dachau), 898 subcamps, 39 SS construction brigade camps, and three so-called youth protection camps. Introductory essays provide broader context, while citations and source narratives offer the basis for additional research. The volume is more than 1,700 pages, with 192 photographs and 23 maps. Purchase here.
GHETTOS IN GERMAN-OCCUPIED EASTERN EUROPE. General Editor: Geoffrey P. Megargee; Volume Editor: Martin Dean; Introduction: Christopher R. Browning. Published April 2012.
Provides a comprehensive account of how the Nazis conducted the Holocaust throughout the scattered towns and villages of Poland and the Soviet Union. It covers more than 1,150 sites, including both open and closed ghettos. Regional essays outline the patterns of ghettoization in 19 German administrative regions. Each entry discusses key events in the history of the ghetto; living and working conditions; activities of the Jewish Councils; Jewish responses to persecution; demographic changes; and details of the ghetto's liquidation. Personal testimonies help convey the character of each ghetto, while source citations provide a guide to additional information. Documentation of hundreds of smaller sites—previously unknown or overlooked in the historiography of the Holocaust—make this an indispensable reference work on the destroyed Jewish communities of Eastern Europe. Purchase here.
CAMPS AND GHETTOS RUN BY EUROPEAN STATES AFFILIATED WITH NAZI GERMANY, including camps and ghettos in Croatia, Hungary, Italy, Romania, Bulgaria, Slovakia, and Vichy France. Editor: Joseph White.
CAMPS AND OTHER DETENTION FACILITIES UNDER THE GERMAN MILITARY, including prisoner-of-war camps and military brothels. Co-editor: Rüdiger Overmans; Advisor: Pavel Polian.
EXTERMINATION, FORCED LABOR, AND DETENTION CAMPS UNDER THE SS AND POLICE, including the Operation Reinhard extermination camps, Gestapo prisons, and some categories of forced labor, detention, and transit camps.
FORCED LABOR CAMPS UNDER CIVIL AND PRIVATE ADMINISTRATION, including forced labor camps under Organisation Todt, REIMAHG, local labor offices, and private firms.
OTHER KILLING AND DETENTION FACILITIES, including so-called euthanasia centers, Justice Ministry penal camps, “Germanization” camps for Polish children, and civilian prisons.