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Nazi Terror: The Gestapo, Jews, and Ordinary Germans

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Publisher Comments:

Eric Johnsons exhaustive new history tackles the central aspect of the Nazi dictatorship - terror - head on. By focusing on the role of the individual and on the role of the society in making terror work, he is able to definitively and dramatically answer such questions as these: Who were the Gestapo officers? Were they merely banal paper shufflers, as Hannah Arendt depicted Eichmann, or were they recognizably evil? What tactics did they use? Were they motivated by an eliminationist anti-Semitism? Did the average German know about the mass murder of Jews and other undesirables while it was happening? Exactly how was Nazi terror applied in the daily lives of ordinary Jews and Germans?Johnson spent years of research in Gestapo archives in three Rhineland communities, reading and analyzing more than 1100 Gestapo and ”special court” case files. He conducted surveys and interviews with German perpetrators, Jewish victims, and ordinary Germans who experienced the Third Reich at first hand. Consequently, his book is able to settle many nagging questions about who, exactly, was responsible for what, who knew what, and when they knew it. Nazi Terror is the most fine-grained portrait we may ever have of the mechanism of terror in a dictatorship.

Book News Annotation:

Johnson (history, Central Michigan U.) addresses and refutes Daniel Goldhagen's () controversial thesis that the complicity of ordinary Germans in the Nazi genocide was based on a strict antisemitism. Johnson argues instead that the cooperation was a multifaceted and often ambiguous response to the Nazi reign of terror. He draws on personal interviews, oral histories, and personal correspondence as well as the more typical archival sources.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. [595]-619) and index.

About the Author

Eric A. Johnson is the author of Urbanization and Crime: Germany 1871-1914 and The Civilization of Crime: Violence in Town and Country Since the Middle Ages. A professor of history at Central Michigan University and a fellow of The Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study, he lives in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780465049066
Author:
Johnson, Eric A
Publisher:
Basic Books
Author:
Johnson, Eric A.
Author:
Johnson, Eric
Location:
New York :
Subject:
World war, 1939-1945
Subject:
Politics and government
Subject:
Germany
Subject:
Holocaust
Subject:
Holocaust, jewish (1939-1945)
Subject:
Atrocities
Subject:
Holocaust, jewish
Subject:
World War, 19
Subject:
General History
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20000106
Binding:
Hardback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
656
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.13 in

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