Stutthof Concentration Camp Opens

Stutthof Concentration Camp Opens

Stutthof Concentration Camp Entrance
Source: Wikipedia

The Stutthof concentration camp opens in the small Polish town of Sztutowo, located near Danzig. In the next two weeks Jews begin to be brought in. Around 110,000 people will be brought here, and more than 65,000 of them will die.

This is the first Nazi concentration camp to be built in Poland. The Nazis are able to start filling it quickly because the authorities in Danzig have bee compiling data on local Jews and Polish leaders since at least 1936. They've also been scouting out suitable locations for a camp such as this.

At this early stage Stutthof is just an internment camp. In 1943, however, the Nazis will construct a crematorium and add this facility to their overall plans for the Final Solution to the "Jewish problem" — the Holocaust.

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