Adolf Hitler's Working Concentration Camp

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Under Adolf Hitler's rule, Germany was controlled by the Nazi’s who constricted many aspects of life. Hitler joined the German Workers party and soon became its leader during the year of 1921. Nearly ten years later he became the dictator of Germany along with his Nazi government. In the 1930’s, when the Nazi’s took power many lives dramatically changed for the negative, especially for the Jews. Dachau was the first working Concentration Camp located on the land of an abandoned factory near the town of Dachau that was formed by a dictatorship, treated the jews worse than imagined, and ran like every other concentration camp.
In 1933, Dachau was created by a dictatorship/totalitarianism government and was ran by Heinrich Himmler. Originally,
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Not only was this camp filled with political prisoners but with artists, various intellectuals, some handicapped, and many homosexuals. According to Hitler, these types of people were considered unfit for the community of Germany. The first prisoners were approximately 200 Communists who were taken into what was called "protective custody," and were called the "enemies of the state." According to The Holocaust Research Project, Dachau became a useful training facility for the SS (or Schutzstaffel, which is German for “Protective organization”) and Dachau saw those with different convictions as lower-ranking and to deal with them, Nazi’s would kill them. Prisoners were used in medical experiments as well as slave labor to produce…show more content…
A year later, Himmler appointed Theodor Eicke as Dachau concentration camp commander. In 1939, Eicke was replaced by Richard Glücks, who took the job as Inspector of Concentration Camps and held this position until the camp closed in 1945. The German Security Police had the responsibility to arrest, release, execute, and to order disciplinary punishment. Prisoners could be confined in concentration camps indefinitely for not doing anything wrong, having charges to a specific crime, upon release from prison or court, and lastly because the police authorities thought an individual was a danger to German society. For prisoners whose behavior was criminal related but considered non-political, the Criminal Police officers issued a “preventative arrest.” Under these orders, jews were incarcerated in the concentration camps. In rare cases, prisoners may have been leased or loaned out to private firms (like synthetic fuel and rubber plants). Although, when World War II began, Himmler forbade the release of prisoners located in camps for the remaining period of the war. Also, when the war began, more camps became sites for organized murder of prisoners as individuals and
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