"Stutthof Concentration Camp" Sztutowo by MikeAtSea
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The forgotten camp built by the Nazis on the outskirts of Gdansk. The camp was the first concentration camp built by the Nazis outside German territory and was also one of the last once to be freed by the allied forces.
And the Nazis did not waste any time. After they started World War II on September 1, 1939 the camps drawings were already in place on September 2, 1939. With lists that had been generated before the start of the war in the Free State of Danzig the Nazis immediately started with the task of eliminating Jews, Poles, and those who were opposed to the Nazi oppression.
The first prisoners arrived in the camp on September 2, 1939: 250 Polish citizens and prisoners of war. Two weeks later, on September 15, 1939, there were 6,000 prisoners in the camp: prisoners of war, scientists and others most of them were executed by the SS.
One of the worst crimes committed by the Nazis has been in Stutthof. Professor Rudolf Spanner, an SS officer and "scientist", was owner of a small soap factory located in Danzig. In 1940, he invented a process to produce soap from human fat. This "product" was called R.J.S. - "Reines Juedische Fett" - which means "Pure Jewish Fat".
It is estimated that just under 100.000 people perished in this camp.
Another sad fact is that the camp was only liberated 2 days after the capitulation of Nazi Germany on May 10, 1945.
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