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Exploitation, Resettlement, Mass Murder: Political And Economic Planning for German Occupation Policy in the Soviet Union, 1940-1941

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"[...] reflects impeccable, painstaking research through an impressive array of sources."  ·  Central European History

"... provides the first substantial comparative analysis of the undertakings of political and economic planners, highlighting the conformity and conflicts between them."  ·  H-Genocide

"Kay illuminates these issues through clear, insightful analysis, and through a crisp writing style, at times emotive and darkly (yet never inappropriately) humorous. [...] The book is a valuable addition to the literature, pointing the way to further research into such issues as the degree of knowledge which the German civil service as a whole possessed of the plans, and the degree of opposition – or lack thereof – with which they greeted the plans. As an all-too-rare English-language addition to the literature on this particular aspect of Germany's war in the east, it deserves attention from specialists and students alike."  ·  War in History

"Based on meticulous research...this book is an excellent and well-written addition to the historiography about Nazi planning for mass murder."  ·  European History Quarterly

"Kay's painstaking exploration of the planning behind the subsequent 'organized chaos' goes far to enhance our understanding of Nazi intentions vis-à-vis the population of the occupied Soviet Union." Holocaust and Genocide Studies

"This is an original, richly detailed, and on the whole readable work. There is more in it than a short review can cover. Although relatively specialised, it has a clear importance. The true originality of Kay's work lies in reinterpretation as well as in archival evidence, but readers must work this out for themselves." American Historical Review

"... [a] thoroughly researched work ... The foundations of the German Vernichtungskrieg are clearly shown in this book, which corrects and clarifies its chronological development by assembling little known facts into a sound study of Nazi planning...For a long time to come, historians will have no need to focus special interest on these aspects of Nazi history, as they now can be perused in this book." H-German

"Kay solidly identifies the significant parameters of the starvation policy...[He] traces this exploitation, population and starvation policy of mass murder more closely and analyses the actions of those protagonists planning the policy more intensively than analyses hitherto available. It is written in a composed, factual style without unnecessary redundancy and in a very readable way." Archiv für Sozialgeschichte

About the Author

Alex J. Kay graduated from the Universities of Huddersfield and Sheffield in the UK and received his PhD from Humboldt University, Berlin, in 2005. The following year he received the Journal of Contemporary History's George L. Mosse Prize. Since 2014 he has been Senior Academic Project Coordinator at the Institute of Contemporary History Munich–Berlin. Dr Kay is author of The Making of an SS Killer: The Life of Colonel Alfred Filbert, 1905–1990 (2016), and co-editor of Nazi Policy on the Eastern Front, 1941: Total War, Genocide, and Radicalization (2012).


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Berghahn Books (September 30, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845451864
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845451868
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,597,526 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Given the central importance of the Soviet Union in understanding both Germany's war effort and its racial policy in the east, this book fills a considerable void. Over the past 30 years a great deal has been written by German historians in this area, but only a very small percentage of their research has appeared in translation. Alex Kay offers an outstanding overview of many developments in this research and he does so in a concise and highly readable style. There are also many new perspectives on the development of Nazi policy for the east which, even for experienced readers on the Nazi state, will provide for chilling reading.
Overall its an overdue book for the English market and one I would fully recommend.
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With this book, Dr. Alex J. Kay has provided students and scholars of German and European history with a superlative and insightful look into German government policy regarding occupational planning during a critical period of World War Two. The topic is both meaningful and timely; in this day and age where superpowers and countries gaining in strength are dealing with issues similar to those which the German government faced during that time period, it is very interesting to draw a comparison between the policies instituted, attempted, and postulated by Germany in 1941 and the policies being established by the United States in its endeavours in the Middle East and elsewhere abroad. For serious readers who are interested, Dr. Alex J. Kay has written some well thought-out articles for the Frankfurter Allgemeine newspaper here in Germany, and is currently researching an additional book while conducting research in Berlin. In fact, it was his incisive newspaper articles which led this reader to located his 2005 publication "Exploitation, Resettlement, Mass Murder; Political and Economic Planning for German Occupation Policy in the Soviet Union, 1940-1941." Kay's study is part of a larger collection entitled "Studies on War and Genocide" edited by Omar Bartov of Brown University. It is volume 10 of the series. A great read, and a hearty recommendation from this humble student of German History!
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