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The Holocaust

The Holocaust Resource Center

The Prisoners' World

The lives of the inmates in the Nazi camps followed simple and brutal rules of behavior that offered the only means of existence and survival. There was a hierarchy among the prisoners based on various parameters, such as race, authority over and responsibility for other prisoners and the type of work done. In practice, most aspects of the daily routine in the camps were run by the prisoners themselves. The SS took advantage of the hierarchy between the inmates and were thus able to reduce their involvement in the routine management of the camps. In some camps the inmates managed to form underground organizations along political ideologies or national identities. The brutal policies of the Nazis subconsciously affected the behavior of the inmates in a negative way. Despite this, there were also manifestations of solidarity and fellowship among inmates.

Total Sources (by media type):

Artifact Collection 85
Diaries and Letters 8
Documents 1
Lexicon Entries 8
Photographs 37
Research 2
Testimonies 53
Works of Art 2
Total Sources 196