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Masters of Death: The SS-Einsatzgruppen and the Invention of the Holocaust

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In Masters of Death, Rhodes gives full weight, for the first time, to the Einsatzgruppens role in the Holocaust. These “special task forces,” organized by Heinrich Himmler to follow the German army as it advanced into eastern Poland and Russia, were the agents of the first phase of the Final Solution. They murdered more than 1.5 million men, women, and children between 1941 and 1943, often by shooting them into killing pits, as at Babi Yar.

These massive crimes have been generally overlooked or underestimated by Holocaust historians, who have focused on the gas chambers. In this painstaking account, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Richard Rhodes profiles the eastern campaigns architects as well as its “ordinary” soldiers and policemen, and helps us understand how such men were conditioned to carry out mass murder. Marshaling a vast array of documents and the testimony of perpetrators and survivors, this book is an essential contribution to our understanding of the Holocaust and World War II.

About the Author

Richard Rhodes is the author of nineteen books. His The Making of the Atomic Bomb won a Pulitzer Prize, a National Book Award and a National Book Critics Circle Award. He has received Guggenheim, Ford Foundation, MacArthur Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts and Alfred P. Sloan Foundation fellowships, and lectures frequently to college and professional audiences. Rhodes and his wife live in California.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780375708220
Author:
Rhodes, Richard
Publisher:
Vintage
Location:
New York
Subject:
World war, 1939-1945
Subject:
Germany
Subject:
Holocaust
Subject:
Secret service
Subject:
Holocaust, jewish
Subject:
World War, 19
Subject:
Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiter-
Subject:
World War, 1939-1945 -- Secret service.
Subject:
World History-Holocaust
Subject:
holocaust;history;wwii;non-fiction;germany;military history;nazism;war;nazis;nazi
Subject:
holocaust;history;wwii;germany;non-fiction;military history;nazi;nazism;war;nazis;european history
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage
Series Volume:
v. 6, no. 1-2
Publication Date:
20030831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
16 PP BandW AND 6 MAPS
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
8.02x5.28x.76 in. .74 lbs.

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