Auschwitz: The Nazis and the 'Final Solution'

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Auschwitz: The Nazis and the 'Final Solution': Corruption
Corruption
Season 1  |  Episode 4  |  BBC Knowledge  |  March 8, 2010

By 1943, 45 sub-camps are dotted round the Auschwitz region, most providing slave labour for industrial concerns. See how the Nazis capitalised upon a sinister source of income - clothes and valuables taken from Jews. The Nazi leadership naturally intends such wealth to fill the coffers of the Third Reich in Berlin, but much of it actually stays at the camp, as the SS at Auschwitz have their fingers well and truly in the till. And despite it contravening the Nazis strict racial purity laws, sexual liaisons in the camp between the SS and prisoners are also occurring, often forcibly, in exchange for life-saving favours. There are even love affairs.

By 1943, 45 sub-camps are dotted round the Auschwitz region, most providing slave labour for industrial concerns. See how the Nazis capitalised upon a sinister source of income - clothes and valuables taken from Jews. The Nazi leadership naturally intends such wealth to fill the coffers of the Third Reich in Berlin, but much of it actually stays at the camp, as the SS at Auschwitz have their fingers well and truly in the till. And despite it contravening the Nazis strict racial purity laws, sexual liaisons in the camp between the SS and prisoners are also occurring, often forcibly, in exchange for life-saving favours. There are even love affairs.

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