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

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andldquo;Compelling . . . Lower brings to the forefront an unexplored aspect of the Holocaust.andrdquo; andmdash;Washington Post

In a surprising account that powerfully revises history, Wendy Lower uncovers the role of German women on the Nazi eastern frontandmdash;not only as plunderers and direct witnesses, but as actual killers. Lower, drawing on twenty years of archival research and fieldwork, presents startling evidence that these women were more than andldquo;desk murderersandrdquo; or comforters of murderous German men: they went on andldquo;shopping spreesandrdquo; and romantic outings to the Jewish ghettos; they were present at killing-field picnics, not only providing refreshment but also shooting Jews. And Lower uncovers the stories of SS wives with children of their own whose brutality is as chilling as any in history.

Hitlerandrsquo;s Furies challenges our deepest beliefs: women can be as brutal as men, and the evidence can be hidden for seventy years.

andldquo;Disquieting . . . Earlier books about the Holocaust have offered up poster girls of brutality and atrocity . . . [Lowerandrsquo;s] insight is to track more mundane lives, and to argue for a vastly wider complicity.andrdquo; andmdash;New York Times

andldquo;An unsettling but significant contribution to our understanding of how nationalism, and specifically conceptions of loyalty, are normalized, reinforced, and regulated.andrdquo; andmdash;Los Angeles Review of Books

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A revelatory new history ofand#160;the role of German women in the Holocaust, not only as plunderers and direct witnesses, but as actual killers on the eastern front during World War II.

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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:
Lower, Wendy
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:
19980431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
27 b/w maps and photographs throughout
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
8 x 5.31 in 0.5 lb

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Product details 304 pages Harper Perennial - English 9780060995065 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , A revelatory new history ofand#160;the role of German women in the Holocaust, not only as plunderers and direct witnesses, but as actual killers on the eastern front during World War II.
"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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