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A groundbreaking history of the Nazi research institute whose work helped lead to the extermination of millions

In 1935, Heinrich Himmler established a Nazi research institute called The Ahnenerbe, whose mission was to send teams of scholars around the world to search for proof of Ancient Aryan conquests. But history was not their most important focus. Rather, the Ahnenerbe was an essential part of Himmler's master plan for the Final Solution. The findings of the institute were used to convince armies of SS men that they were entitled to slaughter Jews and other groups. And Himmler also hoped to use the research as a blueprint for the breeding of a new Europe in a racially purer mold.

The Master Plan is a groundbreaking expos of the work of German scientists and scholars who allowed their research to be warped to justify extermination, and who directly participated in the slaughter — many of whom resumed their academic positions at war's end. It is based on Heather Pringle's extensive original research, including previously ignored archival material and unpublished photographs, and interviews with living members of the institute and their survivors. A sweeping history told with the drama of fiction, The Master Plan is at once horrifying, transfixing, and monumentally important to our comprehension of how something as unimaginable as the Holocaust could have progressed from fantasy to reality.

Review:

"Considering the thousands of volumes covering every aspect of the Nazis, it's becoming increasingly difficult to say anything new about their dreadful era. Nevertheless, Pringle (The Mummy Congress), a contributing editor to Discover magazine, gamely steps up to the plate — and has produced a fascinating volume detailing the Nazis' crackpot theories about prehistory and the Indiana Jones — style lengths they went to prove them. Employing a team of researchers, Pringle investigates Heinrich Himmler's private think tank, the Ahnenerbe, which dispatched scholars to the most inhospitable and distant parts of the world to discover evidence of ancient Aryan conquests and the Germans' racial superiority. Some believed their own bizarre garbage; others perverted the facts for personal advancement or prostituted their reputations for the greater glory of Hitler. While it would be otherwise easy to laugh off the Ahnenerbe's ludicrous theories, Pringle argues that the institute provided the 'academic' justification for the Holocaust and assembles a powerful body of evidence to that effect. Though one may wonder just how central the Ahnenerbe actually was to Hitler's thinking, when Pringle meets one of the most sinister of Himmler's scholars, his pride about the institute's 'research' is distinctly disquieting. This is first-rate popular history — supported by an immense amount of scholarly apparatus in a range of languages." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Book News Annotation:

Journalist Pringle tracks the work of the Ahnenerbe, an archeological institute of sorts set up by Heinrich Himmler to justify killing just about anyone in Nazi Germany who did not fit his idea of physical perfection. Manned by a bizarre mix of maniacs and serious scientists, the work of the Ahnenerbe included looking for the roots of Aryanism in Tibet and Bolivia and creating a skeleton collection by choosing among live Jews, gassing them, and stripping the flesh from their bones. Pringle's is a horrifying and still-relevant cautionary tale.
Annotation 2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Book News Annotation:

Journalist Pringle tracks the work of the Ahnenerbe, an archeological institute of sorts set up by Heinrich Himmler to justify killing just about anyone in Nazi Germany who did not fit his idea of physical perfection. Manned by a bizarre mix of maniacs and serious scientists, the work of the Ahnenerbe included looking for the roots of Aryanism in Tibet and Bolivia and creating a skeleton collection by choosing among live Jews, gassing them, and stripping the flesh from their bones. Pringle's is a horrifying and still-relevant cautionary tale. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

This text is a groundbreaking expos of the work of German scientists and scholars who allowed their research at a Nazi research institute to be warped to justify extermination of Jews and other groups.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780786868865
Publisher:
Hyperion Books
Subject:
General
Author:
Pringle, Heather
Subject:
Philosophy
Subject:
Social Scientists & Psychologists
Subject:
Nazis
Subject:
Military - World War II
Subject:
Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiter-
Subject:
Holocaust, jewish (1939-1945)
Subject:
Biography-Social Scientists and Psychologists
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Publication Date:
20060231
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
480
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.125 in 28 oz
Age Level:
from 18

Related Subjects

Biography » Social Scientists and Psychologists
History and Social Science » World History » Germany » General
History and Social Science » World History » Holocaust
Religion » Judaism » Holocaust

Master Plan Himmlers Scholars & the Holo
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Product details 480 pages Hyperion Books - English 9780786868865 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Considering the thousands of volumes covering every aspect of the Nazis, it's becoming increasingly difficult to say anything new about their dreadful era. Nevertheless, Pringle (The Mummy Congress), a contributing editor to Discover magazine, gamely steps up to the plate — and has produced a fascinating volume detailing the Nazis' crackpot theories about prehistory and the Indiana Jones — style lengths they went to prove them. Employing a team of researchers, Pringle investigates Heinrich Himmler's private think tank, the Ahnenerbe, which dispatched scholars to the most inhospitable and distant parts of the world to discover evidence of ancient Aryan conquests and the Germans' racial superiority. Some believed their own bizarre garbage; others perverted the facts for personal advancement or prostituted their reputations for the greater glory of Hitler. While it would be otherwise easy to laugh off the Ahnenerbe's ludicrous theories, Pringle argues that the institute provided the 'academic' justification for the Holocaust and assembles a powerful body of evidence to that effect. Though one may wonder just how central the Ahnenerbe actually was to Hitler's thinking, when Pringle meets one of the most sinister of Himmler's scholars, his pride about the institute's 'research' is distinctly disquieting. This is first-rate popular history — supported by an immense amount of scholarly apparatus in a range of languages." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , This text is a groundbreaking expos of the work of German scientists and scholars who allowed their research at a Nazi research institute to be warped to justify extermination of Jews and other groups.
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