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From 1933 to 1945, Nazi Germany set up over 44,000 concentration camps for a wide range of purposes, including forced labor and detention of people thought to be enemies of the Third Reich.
Near the end of the war, as Germany's military force collapsed before the eyes of the Führer, the Allied troops began to close in on the camps, with the Soviets approaching from the East and the British, French, and Americans from the West.
Consequently, Hitler and his second in command gave SS Generalleutnant Berger Gottlob, one of their most trusted allies, the power to decide what to do with the prisoners.
In what became known as the Long March of 1945, thousands of prisoners of war walked hundreds of miles in harsh weather conditions across European countries to reach Germany before the Allies could free them.
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