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Other titles in the George L. Mosse Series in Modern European Cultural and Intellectual History series:
An Uncompromising Generation: The Nazi Leadership of the Reich Security Main Office (George L. Mosse Series in Modern European Cultural and Intellectual History)by Michael Wildt
Synopses & Reviews
In An Uncompromising Generation, Michael Wildt follows the journey of a strikingly homogenous group of young academics—who came from the educated, bourgeois stratum of society—as they started to identify with the Nazi concept of Volksgemeinschaft, which labeled Jews as enemies of the people and justified their murder.
Wildt’s study traces the intellectual evolution of key members of the Reich Security Main Office (RSHA) from their days as students until the end of World War II. Established in 1939, this office fused together the Gestapo, the Criminal Police, and the Sicherheitsdienst (Security Service) of the SS. Far from being small cogs in a big bureaucratic machine, Wildt finds that the people who made up the RSHA constructed the concepts and operated the apparatus that carried out the Holocaust.
At the center of both theory and practice of persecution and genocide in Nazi-occupied Europe, these young men of the RSHA—none of whom envisioned the systematic annihilation of the European Jews—became radicalized. How this occurred is the central question of Wildt’s book. Wildt also discusses the postwar careers of the members of the RSHA. Strikingly, he shows how the leaders of the RSHA evaded the consequences of their actions under the Nazi regime and went on to have important careers in the rebuilt West Germany.
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This landmark book, Nicholas Berg addresses the work of German and German-Jewish historians in the first three decades of post-World War II Germany. He examines how they perceivedand#151;and failed to perceiveand#151;the Holocaust and how they interpreted and misinterpreted that historical fact using an arsenal of terms and concepts, arguments, and explanations.
This landmark book was first published in Germany, provoking both acclaim and controversy. In this "history of historiography," Nicolas Berg addresses the work of German and German-Jewish historians in the first three decades of postand#150;World War II Germany. He examines how they perceivedand#151;and failed to perceiveand#151;the Holocaust and how they interpreted and misinterpreted that historical fact using an arsenal of terms and concepts, arguments and explanations.
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About the Author
“Michael Wildt’s examination of the leadership corps of Himmler’s ‘Reich Security Main Office’ . . . is a major work in every sense.”—Richard Bessel, The Times Literary Supplement
“Wildt’s exceptionally well-written book is easily accessible.”—Alexander Arndt, Jewish Political Studies Review
“Michael Wildt has undoubtedly written an authoritative study of the RSHA, that will, for years to come, be a great aid for historical research concerning National Socialist Germany.”—Saul Friedländer, author of When Memory Comes
“An indispensable and provocative study of key members of the RSHA that focuses on their intellectual evolution from university students to practitioners of mass murder.”—Choice
Table of Contents
List of Illustrations
List of Abbreviations
Introduction to the English Edition
Part 1. Generation
1. The Experience of War
2. Student Radicalism
3. A Young German Elite: The Black Hand in Leipzig
Part 2. Institution
5. Conceptualizing the Reich Security Main Office
6. Structure and Staff
Part 3. War
7. Poland 1939: The Experience of Racist Mass Murder
8. Expulsion 1940
9. Einsatzgruppen in the Soviet Union
10. Zenith and Decline
Part 4. Epilogue
11. Postwar: Back in Civil Society
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