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The Einsatzgruppen Reports: Selections from the Dispatches of the Nazi Death Squads Paperback – October, 1989

ISBN-13: 978-0896040588 ISBN-10: 0896040585

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  • Paperback: 378 pages
  • Publisher: Holocaust Library (October 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0896040585
  • ISBN-13: 978-0896040588
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 5.5 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,479,468 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 13, 1999
The reports in this book is often referred to when you read other books about the Holocaust.Here you must think for yourself when you are confronted with the metaphorical rhetoric that the Germans used in their reports that they sent back to Berlin.I have read many books about this subject and that is of big help if you can put these reports into context.That you can do by reading for example Martin Gilberts The Holocaust.Then this book will be of greater value because reading it unprepared will be tedious.I like this book because it gives me a unique chance to look into documents that is doubtless evidence of what really happened during the nazi era.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Jan Peczkis on November 21, 2006
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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