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Johnson argues that ordinary Germans did not willfully intend to harm others, though their cowardice and apathy made the implementation of Nazi policies possible. Drawing from court records and Gestapo files from the area around Cologne, a region that had demonstrated only lukewarm support for the Nazis in elections, Johnson shows that Germans' participation in the Third Reich was not heavily driven by images of anti-Semitism but by a routine obedience to the state. In an era filled with disreputable Holocaust revisionism, Johnson lays to rest questions of accountability by showing who exactly is to blame. Detailed and compelling, Nazi Terror provides a stark, and at times moving, portrait of how individual people took part in the greatest moral quandary of the 20th century. --James Highfill --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
An excellent book - well done Eric Johnson!
To me, it doesn't matter why ordinary German citizens either participated in the oppression of the holocaust or looked the other way for anti-Semite reasons or not.
If though, millions of Germans knew about the Holocaust, how does Johnson explain that they did not speak out against the killing?
The best that can be said about Eric Johnson's writing is that he doesn't overdue the use of adjectives and adverbs. Read morePublished on May 9, 2008 by Grey Wolffe
Fascinating material, and I recommend the book if you are interested in how ordinary people reacted to Nazi rule. My only criticism is that it's a bit of a dry read. Read morePublished on September 15, 2004 by Mark Moore
I read "Nazi Terror" and "Hitler's Willing Executioners" for the same reason -- and while my thesis was validated in both, it was never addressed in either. Read morePublished on August 20, 2003 by Cathleen M. Walker
I have to say, I usually try to avoid purchasing books the size of phone books because I know I'll never have the time to finish them... Read morePublished on December 4, 2002 by Eddie Landsberg
This is a book which was written over ten years by an Academic who traveled to Germany. He has tried to work out what it was like to live in Nazi Germany and how the organs of a... Read morePublished on September 29, 2001 by Tom Munro
Obviously from reading other reviews, this book has generated controversy, because the facts in it (which are voluminous) touch on raw wounds and hair-trigger sensitivities. Read morePublished on July 29, 2001 by Eric Jakobsson
Johnson has some information that may be new to some readers, however he fails, as most do to understand the mentality and humiliation of the German Nation after the Great War. Read morePublished on September 4, 2000 by John Seybold
Johnson's principle purpose in writing this book is to examine the day-to-day functioning, the progression over time, and the general effectiveness of the Nazi terror apparatus. Read morePublished on August 21, 2000 by L. Dobinson