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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: New Press, The (December 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1565845250
  • ISBN-13: 978-1565845251
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 9.1 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #153,504 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Devastating. -- Neal Ascherson, author of Black Sea

German soldiers, it turns out, were engaged in a war against civilians and prisoners of war. -- Martin Jay, author of About the American Exhibition

Shocking.... The honorable German soldier coerced and corrupted by the Nazis has become one of the century's most powerful icons, an Everyman for an age mired in moral ambivalence.... The German Army and the Holocaust completely shatters that image. -- The Guardian

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The Hamburg Institute for Social Research is an independent private foundation devoted to scholarship in contemporary history and the social sciences. Through research projects, conferences, lectures, and other academic and public events conducted by the Institute, staff members promote intellectual exchange across geographical and disciplinary borders and beyond academia. The German Army and Genocide: Crimes Against War Prisoners, Jews, and Other Civilians, 1939–1944 (The New Press) is based on a three-year exhibit at the Institute of newly discovered documents and photographs culled from archives across Europe.

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39 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Ralph Michael Stein on April 1, 2000
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Through declassification of wartime documents and research into archives newly made available after the dismemberment of the Soviet bloc, far more detailed analysis of German war crimes and genocide is possible, indeed is necessary. Most studies of mobile extermination squads, the Einsatzgruppen, and the death camps emphasize the principal role of various branches of the SS in mass murder. Studies of the war on the Eastern Front have tended to focus on the herculean battles waged and the stratregy and tactics employed from the inception of Operation Barbarossa in June 1941 to the 1945 fall of Berlin to the Red Army.
Generally, the German Army, the Wehrmacht, has escaped censure for the Holocaust in its earliest improvisational form and its later administratively controlled manifestation (the German Army wins no plaudits for treating Red Army prisoners according to the Geneva Convention but this seems to have greatly bothered relatively few Western historians).
This book explodes the myth that the German Army was not complicit in wholesale murder of Jews, Gypsies and anyone else targeted by the Nazi state. Comprised of very many damning photographs from a controversial exhibit in Germany and supplmented by an expert historian's analysis, "The German Army and Genocide" is not the last word on the subject but it will spur new research and force needed reappraisal of the conventional wisdom.
The controversy over the exhibit, and this book, is not over. Presentation of the exhibit in New York City has been delayed because of claims about the authenticitiy of some of the photographs and the accompanying legends.
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31 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Barron Laycock HALL OF FAME on June 17, 2000
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No one who views this book can any longer doubt the complicity and cooperation of the general German armed forces, or Wehrmacht, in the murderous acts of Germany's ignominious Third Reich. Literally hundreds of graphic and horrific photographs show average German soldiers shooting, hanging, bludgeoning, or otherwise mistreating, torturing, and murdering helpless civilian men, women and children during operations on the eastern front. This is a grim but necessary book.
Most surprising is the fact that the photographs were originally part of a German exhibition held in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the end of World War Two, and constitute a damning condemnation of the role of the average German soldier (as opposed to other specialized Waffen SS or Einsatzgruppe SS units) in visiting the whole panoply of horrors of egregious war crimes on the native populations of the subjugated countries during Operation Barbarossa. These were not crimes committed against opposing military forces, but were rather crimes committed against war prisoners, Jews, and other civilian segments of the subjugated regions.
This is, by its very nature, not an easy or pleasant book to view or read. One does so reluctantly and only in an effort to learn more about the demons that ultimately threaten each of us, as we face personal responsibility for all of our acts as individuals. The conclusion one reaches after viewing these photographs and reading the accompanying text is humbling, shocking, and intensely relevant, even though some fifty years have passed.
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9 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Rebeq on July 15, 2005
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This book is mainly based on what was called the 'Wehrmachtsausstellung' or an exhibition on war-crimes of the wehrmacht during WW II. It has to be said that meanwhile this exhibition has been partly revised after a number of court trials revealed a considerable number of untrueisms.

Yet, it is a fact that some German soldiers were involved in mass shootings of members of the communist party and jewish civilians, and for that it is a necessary book. On the other hand, a whole number of incidents simply did not occur as shown in this book, many were committed by the NKWD (later became KGB) and the Germans got blamed for it. Let me point out, this is not opinion

but things which were found out during court trials before German courts, and even former KGB members testified this.
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16 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Nachtjager on March 28, 2007
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Once again, German intellectuals have gone the extra mile to make themselves feel guilty about WWII. If you want a book which will assault your common sense and your vision more than any other book dealing with the Holocaust or war crimes, this is it. Herr Wagner has it right, most of the incidents portrayed in this book are photos of barbarism committed by the Russians, NOT the Germans, and are scenes the Germans came upon as they moved east. This has been proven, and most of these photos are taken from former Soviet archives.

Here are just a few of the glaring problems that bother me about this book. One series of photos spread across three pages is captioned as being some 1,800 Jews rounded up in a Russian village prior to being shot. Yet, these people are very well clothed, in many cases carrying bags, some seem downright cheerful, and most interestingly, there are only four German soldiers to be seen in any of the photos, and only one of those four has a weapon - a pistol holster on his hip. These four guys shot 1,800 Jews with one pistol?

Another photo series across two pages shows "Russian soldiers in Civilian Clothes being led away to be executed" and aludes to the point that these are not Russian soldiers at all, but innocent villagers. The problem here is, the men ARE wearing Russian uniforms! Three of them are wearing Russian officer's uniforms for pity's sake! It's now a war crime to lead POWs away at gunpoint?

There are a large number of photos of German soldiers just standing around, interacting with seemingly unbothered civilians, and in one case, HEAVEN FORBID, a German soldier is shown carrying "stolen" chickens! NO JOKE!

There are photos of partisan hangings and shootings, which no one would deny took place.
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