In addition to providing detailed biographical information on almost 1,000 SS officers that served in concentration camps, this book shatters myths. For decades after the war, and continuing today in some circles, the fable has remained alive that the SS personnel who served in the concentration camps were somehow different from their honorable brethren, who fought at the frontline in the Waffen-SS, in units such as the Leibstandarte, Das Reich and Wiking Divisions. Thus, those in the combat units have earned a pass from some historians, who believed the Paul Hausser story Soldaten wie andere auch (Soldiers Like Any Other.)
But Hausser was incorrect. As the Camp Men demonstrates with irrefutable proof from the official SS personnel file for each officer, almost half of the concentration camp officers (419) also served in Waffen-SS combat divisions. Sixteen fought in the Leibstandarte, 39 with the Das Reich, 159 with the Totenkopf (which explicitly was linked to the camp system,) 45 with the Wiking, 57 with the Nord Division and so on down the line. In fact, six former concentration camp officers actually served as division commanders in the Waffen-SS.
Not even the Knight's Cross, Germany's prestigious award for heroism and known around the world as a decoration for the bravest of the brave, escaped association with concentration camp officers. Fourteen former concentration camp officers received the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross as their highest decoration during the war, although none won the award for their service in the camp. Five former officers in the camps received the Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves, the decoration next higher up from the Knight's Cross. Concerning the Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves and Swords – the decoration still higher and one that only 159 officers would receive throughout the Wehrmacht, one previous camp officer (Georg Bochmann) received this award.
You may not have heard of Bochmann (although you probably have heard of Josef Mengele, who served in the Wiking Division, as well as at Auschwitz and Gross-Rosen.) You will be amazed at the information concerning age, birthplace, marital status, religion, Nazi Party members (almost 200 do not appear to have been party members at all), base profession (almost 350 doctors served at the camps) and what ultimately happened to these men (far too many escaped punishment.)
This is the book that librarians at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial and Museum Library start with to answer questions about SS officers, who served at the concentration camps. It is also the book at the National Archives, College Park, Maryland in the fourth floor microfilm room that assists researchers to find a particular SS Officer Personnel file.
133 photographs, detailed maps showing the locations of the major camps, 380 pages. (Schiffer Publishing)
The Camp Men: The SS Officers Who Ran the Nazi Concentration Camp System (auf Englisch, 133 Fotografien, 380 Seiten.) Biographische Informationen für 960 SS Offiziere (SS-Untersturmführer bis SS-Standartenführer) waren in den Konzentrationslagern. Schiffer Verlag.
[Wegen der freizügigen Datenschutzgesetze in den Vereinigten Staaten werden alles Informationen über den vollständigen Namen und Geburtsdatum im Buch aufgeführt.]