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The Einsatzgruppen Reports: Selections from the Dispatches of the Nazi Death Squads' Campaign Against the Jews July 1941-January 1943 Hardcover – July 1, 1990

ISBN-13: 978-0896040571 ISBN-10: 0896040577 Edition: First

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 378 pages
  • Publisher: Unites States Holocaust; First edition (July 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0896040577
  • ISBN-13: 978-0896040571
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,784,304 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Jarrod Leeth on April 30, 2006
Format: Hardcover
By using the term "Selections", it is obvious that not everything from every Einsatzgruppe report is included here, but enough is provided so that the reader can understand the mission of the Einsatzgruppen in the Soviet Union. There are hundreds of Einsatzgruppen reports, from the Jaeger Report, which talks of murders (of Jews and Communists) in Lithuania, from those of Wilhelm Stahlecker, the head of Einsatzgruppe A. The Latvian archives has a map showing the number of Jews killed in each of the Baltic states, and Estonia has "judenfrei" written on it, showing that it was now "free of Jews". The Jewish population of Minsk was also completely eradicated, and a quarter or so of that city's population was Jewish. Einsatzgruppe B killed approximately 45,000 Jews, as reported by Arthur Nebe, who later became an opponent of Hitler and the Nazi regime. Einsatzgruppe C and D also killed tens of thousands of Jews. In the case of the latter, numbers were given by Otto Ohlendorff, the head of Einsatzgruppe D, at his trial. You can contest the authenticity of this book's contents, but, based upon what I have seen, and the research I have done, these reports are accurate, and you could always find copies of them yourself in Russian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Belarussian, or even Ukrainian archives. The National Archives here in America has a whole series of operational reports from the Einsatzgruppen, including one that lists the numbers of Jews murdered at Babi Yar. With evidence like this, denying Nazi atrocities becomes difficult.
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 14, 2001
Format: Hardcover
It is chilling and eye-opening to read these reports written from the Eastern front. The violent work of the special death squads is chronicled in such a casual manner that the authors might just as well have been sending to Berlin a litany of materiel needs or a laundry list. The report from Kiev in late summer 1941, listing the tens of thousands killed at Babi Yar, remind one how casually these Nazi "supermen" seemed to go about their grisly business, at least at the outset of the mass killings. It also reminds one of how efficient the Germans were in keeping records--even of some of their worst genocidal atrocities. Good thing too, because these documents were instrumental in convicting a good number of these ordinary men who in the end persuaded themselves to commit extraordinarily horrific acts.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Jan Peczkis on August 15, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Most of the Jews of the Ukraine and Byelorussia did not die in the gas chambers of death camps, but were the victims of mass shootings carried out by the Einsatzgruppen and similar German formations. By some estimates, up to 2 million Jews (and many non-Jews) were murdered this way, and their bodies were buried in mass graves throughout the region. This book is much more than a compilation of some of the reports of these killings. It also provides a geography lesson of this area.

In the much-publicized Jedwabne massacre, local Poles were accused of killing the Jews of that town even though the preponderance of evidence points to the Germans as the chief killers, with a relatively small number of Poles taking part, consensually and/or not. Although this book does not mention the Jedwabne massacre, it does provide some context for this tragedy.

A major source of conflict between the Jews and non-Jews of the entire region in question had recognizably been the gross overpopulation of mostly Russian-speaking Jews (e. g., the Litvaks) in this poverty-stricken region (deliberately caused by the 19th century policies of Tsarist Russia). One report alludes to the Pale of Jewish settlement: "More than half of world Jewry lives on a relatively narrow strip of east-central Europe along the Riga-Bucharest line...The zone that was open to the Jews in tsarist Russia included the districts of Kaunas, Grodno, Vilnius, Volhynia, Podolia, Minsk, Vitebsk, Mogilev..."(p. 47). Also: "The deeper reason for the Ukrainians' hatred of the Jews comes from the fact that the Jews were settled in tsarist times by a special order of the Tsar who wanted to weaken their strong [Ukrainian] national feelings by equalizing the population groups in Russia.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Campbell VINE VOICE on November 12, 2007
Format: Hardcover
First off, please disregard the price! Something is wrong in Amazon land if they are listing this at over $80.00. Look around, I bought the paperback for $12.50.

Second, this is a good, no excellent book, but it is very limited. If you are looking for dates, deaths, and very limited background then this is an excellent book. Please be aware that most of the town names have changed. If you looking for more than that you will need to look elsewhere. Never the less this is chilling book and should be required reading for any Holocaust revisionist.
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7 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Nota Customer on December 21, 2003
Format: Hardcover
This is not a book for anyone interested in history, unless you happen to be a student of Mr Arad. He tells only those portions of the tale that meet his prejudices. In Canada he was exposed for being a rather partial "expert witness" in so-called war crimes hearings. Best not to inflate his ego, or pocketbook, by buying this book.
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