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Ordinary Men

Ordinary Men - 01 edition

Ordinary Men - 01 edition

ISBN13: 9780141000428

ISBN10: 0141000422

Ordinary Men by Christopher R. Browning - ISBN 9780141000428
Edition: 01
Copyright: 2001
Publisher: Penguin UK
Published:
International: No
Ordinary Men by Christopher R. Browning - ISBN 9780141000428

ISBN13: 9780141000428

ISBN10: 0141000422


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Summary

This detailed and harrowing study of a single group of mostly middle-aged policemen from provincial Germany has achieved classic status among histories of the Holocaust. Far from being demonic and hate-filled sadists, most of the group had no history of anti-semitism or of far right politics. Browning explores the motivation of these men and the horribly familiar mechanisms of man-management and group solidarity that reduced a team of "ordinary men" into a bestial instrument of madness. It is a book that offers no comfort to those who seek to explain the Holocaust in terms of German exceptionalism, but it is a significant contribution to the history of World War II.