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Ordinary Men: Reserve Police Battalion 101 and the Final Solution in Poland

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On July 13, 1941, the 450 Men of the German Reserve Police Battalion 101 were driven to the Polish village of Jozefow. They were ordered to enter the village of 1,800 Jews, select several hundred young men for the work camp, and then kill the rest of the inhabitants. Over the course of 16 months, this battalion was responsible for the massacre of 39,000 Jews and the deportation to Treblinka of 44,000 more.

In this "staggering and important book" (Chicago Tribune), Christopher R. Browning asks what kind of men would carry out such a gruesome task and finds that they were ordinary men: elderly, poorly educated, and drawn from the lower echelons of society. Given the chance to refuse orders, only a small number of them took the opportunity to walk away. A remarkable examination of human nature, Ordinary Men concludes with the most disturbing question of all: If the men of Reserve Police Battalion 101 could become killers under such circumstances, what group of men could not?

"A major contribution to the literature of the Holocaust". — Newsweek

"Finely focused and stunningly powerful". — New York Times Book Review

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The shocking account of how a unit of average middle-aged Germans became the cold-blooded murderers of tens of thousands of Jews.

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Widely reviewed and read in hardcover, this is the shocking account of how a unit of average middle-aged Germans became the cold-blooded murderers of tens of thousands of Jews. "Browning tells us about such Germans and helps us understand . . . how they were transformed psychologically . . . into active participants in the most monstrous crime in human history".--New York Times Book Review, front page. 8 pages of photos; 2 maps.

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Includes bibliographical references (p. 193-218) and index.

About the Author

Christopher R. Browning is professor of history at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington. He is a contributor to Yad Vashem's official twenty-four-volume history of the Holocaust and the author of two earlier books on the subject.

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eglazier, September 3, 2011 (view all comments by eglazier)
I have a somewhat personal view of this description of what ordinary German men could be persuaded to do under circumstances that were not at all threatening nor critical to their safety and security. When I read of some of the murders of Jews that took place and looked at photographs taken by the German police in this battalion, I realized that some of my family members were possibly among those bodies lying in the streets of the small Polish towns that were being made Juden frei.
The whole story is laid out from the meticulous records kept by the Germans of all their actions; even to the record of the state railroads who charged the one-way excursion fare to the German government to pack the Jews into box cars and take them to the camps to their death.
This is not a pretty story, but one showing how easily ordinary people can be caught up in a political movement and willingly do that which their ethics and religion tells them is wrong.
We should not believe that it cannot happen here because it already has in some small way.
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S Cohn, January 12, 2008 (view all comments by S Cohn)
Browning asserts an interesting thesis regarding the Einsatzgruppen; these were the death squads who adminstered conquered lands and carried out the final solution in places where they could or did not ship the jews to camps. He establishes the backround of a particular Police Battalion.

These individuals were not hardened Nazi's nor fanatical SS; nor were they even that keen on gunning down Jews. The argument that Browning makes is that anti-semitism was created in these individuals by killing jews. In order to cope with murdering, they became anti-semetic. When their commander announced their first action, he was in tears and offered an exception to whomever did not want to do this. Soldiers cried, looked the other way when some jews tried to escape, establishing a character that challenges our assumptions.

As time went on, the soldiers became used to this, and would have to joke around with each other while shooting jews. There were some instances of drunken debauchery that will break your heart as well: instances of cruelty that boggles the mind!! I would also highly recommend reading Tino Georgiou's bestselling novel--The Fates--if you haven't yet!!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780060995065
Author:
Browning, Christopher R.
Publisher:
Harper Perennial
Author:
by Christopher R. Browning
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Military - World War II
Subject:
World war, 1939-1945
Subject:
History
Subject:
Continental european
Subject:
Poland
Subject:
Europe - Germany
Subject:
Holocaust
Subject:
War criminals
Subject:
Holocaust, jewish
Subject:
World War, 1939-1945 -- Atrocities.
Subject:
World War, 19
Subject:
General History
Subject:
Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiter-
Subject:
World History-Holocaust
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1
Edition Description:
Trade PB
Series Volume:
no. 3
Publication Date:
19980424
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
8.10x5.32x.77 in. .51 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , The shocking account of how a unit of average middle-aged Germans became the cold-blooded murderers of tens of thousands of Jews.
"Synopsis" by , Widely reviewed and read in hardcover, this is the shocking account of how a unit of average middle-aged Germans became the cold-blooded murderers of tens of thousands of Jews. "Browning tells us about such Germans and helps us understand . . . how they were transformed psychologically . . . into active participants in the most monstrous crime in human history".--New York Times Book Review, front page. 8 pages of photos; 2 maps.

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