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Four Million statistic at Auschwitz


Ive read all the major histories of Auschwitz, and one think that still is not entirely clear to me is this: given the old Soviet/Polish estimate of 4 million deaths, how many of these did they believe to be Jewish? My understanding is that the majority were considered Soviet POWs and gentile Poles, but its never made explicit. What exactly was the composition, and where could I read more about it?

Jamie McCarthy Responds:

You can find more information on the erroneous four-million figure, including a list of sources, in Brian Harmon's essay here:



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