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Hitler’s Death Camps: The Sanity of Madness

Konnilyn G. Feig
Hitler’s Death Camps: The Sanity of Madness
ISBN: 978-0-8419-0676-1
1981/547 pages/LC: 81-140
Distributed for Holmes & Meier Publishers

"An authoritative and compelling study of the collective madness of murderers and their accomplices. Scrupulously exacting in historical detail, the product of twenty years of exhaustive research, it is an important book that will not be superseded for many a year."—Irving Halperin, author of Messengers From the Dead

"I could not put it down. It combines so many elements, so many attitudes, so many visions that one wonders: how did she manage to probe that deeply?"—Elie Wiesel

"Hitler’s Death Camps is one of those fundamental works that we need to understand the universe of hate and murder which Nazi Germany created."—Lucy S. Dawidowicz, author of The War Against the Jews


"Why does a Gentile with a strong Lutheran background put her mind and heart into the Holocaust for twenty long years?... Unless I confront, I betray those who suffered so dreadfully." Thus Konnilyn Feig begins her riveting study of the Nazi concentration camps and the people and system that maintained them. Based on two decades of study, including multiple visits to all nineteen of Himmler's major camps and personal interviews with survivors and former Nazis, Feig's illuminating book confronts the how, and the why, of the Holocaust as she searches for its meaning.


Konnilyn G. Feig is professor of history and political science at Foothill College.


  • A Beginning.
  • A Confrontation with Hell. Hitler—A Creation of True Faith.
  • The Nazi Structure.
  • The Jews Must Die.
  • The Final Solution.
  • The Solution Expands.
  • Invasion—The Einsatzgruppen.
  • The Ghetto Reservations.
  • The Camps: A Summary.
  • The Pre-War Camps.
  • The Polish Camps.
  • The German Camps.
  • The Czechoslovakian Center.
  • The Killing Centers—Exclusive Function Camps.
  • The Labor/Extermination Complexes.
  • Liberation.
  • Poland.
  • A Few Questions.
  • The Indifferent.
  • The Slaughterers.
  • The Strugglers.
  • The Madness of the Holocaust.
  • Lessons the Holocaust Taught Us.
  • Appendixes: Camp Directions.
  • The Camps and Commandants.
  • The Fate of the Commandants.