Shocking as it is, this book--a crucial source of original research used for the bestseller Hitler's Willing Executioners--gives evidence to suggest the opposite conclusion: that the sad-sack German draftees who perpetrated much of the Holocaust were not expressing some uniquely Germanic evil, but that they were average men comparable to the run of humanity, twisted by historical forces into inhuman shapes. Browning, a thorough historian who lets no one off the moral hook nor fails to weigh any contributing factor--cowardice, ideological indoctrination, loyalty to the battalion, and reluctance to force the others to bear more than their share of what each viewed as an excruciating duty--interviewed hundreds of the killers, who simply could not explain how they had sunken into savagery under Hitler. A good book to read along with Ron Rosenbaum's comparably excellent study Explaining Hitler. --Tim Appelo
Browning reconstructs how a German reserve police battalion composed of "ordinary men," middle-aged, working class people, killed tens of thousands of Jews during WW II.
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I have always been curious about growing up in Hitler's Germany. As a child in World War II I was. of course', filed with patriotic zeal and confidant about the outcome of the war... Read morePublished 9 days ago by johnn
Had a hard tome getting through this account. I look at the smiling image of one of the assumed shooters on the cover and wonder if his smile came after seeing a posting of the... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Dschaff1
Incredible story of a German police company and their "job" in the third Reich.Published 1 month ago by Don Voigt
As a boy I enjoyed wandering libraries. Generally I favored natural history. However, on one day at around the age of ten I happened on the section in which books on the... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Just a guy in Oregon
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This book disproves the long-held contention that the holocaust of WWII was the work of a savage Nazi SS which terrified ordinary Germans into watching the destruction of their... Read morePublished 2 months ago by treffler2
A cold, sterile but somehow compelling depressing explanations of one humanity's darkest moments. It is eloquently argues that the executioners of the holocaust were not cold... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Kevin Pedraza