Summary: The shocking account of how a unit of average middle-aged Germans became the cold-blooded murderers of tens of thousands of Jews.
Edition/Copyright:98 Cover: Paperback Publisher:Perennial Library Published: 04/28/1998 International: No
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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.
"Helps us understand, better than we did before, not only what they did to make the Holocaust happen but also how they were transformed psychologically from the ordinary men of [the] title into active participants in the most monstrous crime in human history."
-- New York Times Book Review
"A staggering and important book, a book that manages without polemic to communicate at least an intimation of the unthinkable."
-- Michael Dorris, Chicago Tribune
"A remarkable--and singularly chilling--glimpse of human behavior...This meticulously researched book...represents a major contribution to the literature of the Holocaust."
-- Andrew Nagorski, Newsweek
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Table of Contents Illustrations Preface 1 One Morning in Jozefow 1 2 The Order Police 3 3 The Order Police and the Final Solution: Russia 1941 9 4 The Order Police and the Final Solution: Deportation 26 5 Reserve Police Battalion 101 38 6 Arrival in Poland 49 7 Initiation to Mass Murder: The Jozefow Massacre 55 8 Reflections on a Massacre 71 9 Lomazy: The Descent of Second Company 78 10 The August Deportations to Treblinka 88 11 Late-September Shootings 97 12 The Deportations Resume 104 13 The Strange Health of Captain Hoffmann 114 14 The "Jew Hunt" 121 15 The Last Massacres: "Harvest Festival" 133 16 Aftermath 143 17 Germans, Poles, and Jews 147 18 Ordinary Men 159 Appendix Shootings and Deportations by Reserve Police Battalion 101 191 Notes 193 Index 219
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