leemadison11 wrote:It really doesn't concern me about the number of Jews that were killed, but what concerns me is the amount of barbaric treatment through which many had to go through.
Barbaric treatment? At Auchwitz there was a swimming pool, a brothel, a football field, and several other things. In most camps there were delousing gas chambers for the killing of LICE- to save lives of the Jews! The vast majority of deaths came from Typhus epidemics, and the Germans as has been shown many times spent a lot of time trying to combat this disease. In Auchwitz, one documents states it is forbidden to even HARM an inmate. I don't doubt some cruelty happened, but it was dealt with sometimes, and it wasn't state-endorsed.
I'm not trying to say the Jews etc. had a nice time in the camps, far from it, but in my opinion their treatment can't be considered barbaric. What is barbaric, however, is the forced deportation of about 13 million Germans from their homelands after the war, or the carpet bombing of about a million Europeans, mainly Germans to death, or the million or so deaths of German POW by starvation after the war in real extermination camps... I don't support the mass deportation nearly 2 million people to the economically barren East, but when squared up against the allies, the treatment of the Jews and others was fairly humane under the circumstances and on a much smaller scale.