Cover Osteuropa 11-12/2014

In Osteuropa 11-12/2014

Two Forms of Totalitarian Regime
Can One Compare Nazi and Soviet Camps?

Julius Margolin

Deutsche Fassung


Not only can Nazi and Soviet camps be compared, they should be compared. Comparison is a method of obtaining knowledge. In both cases, we are dealing with prison facilities where millions of people died. They cannot be equated, but their similarities and differences have to be specified. The methods and speed of killing in Hitler’s death camps and in the Soviet camps were not the same, but they exhibit striking similarities.

(Osteuropa 11-12/2014, pp. 81–90)