- Series: Bill O'Reilly's Killing Series
- Hardcover: 320 pages
- Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (October 9, 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1250165547
- ISBN-13: 978-1250165541
- Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.2 x 9.6 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 167 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #45 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Killing the SS: The Hunt for the Worst War Criminals in History (Bill O'Reilly's Killing Series) Hardcover – October 9, 2018
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Bill O'Reilly is a trailblazing TV journalist who has experienced unprecedented success on cable news and in writing fourteen national number-one bestselling nonfiction books. There are currently more than 17 million books in the Killing series in print. He lives in Long Island.
Martin Dugard is the New York Times bestselling author of several books of history, among them the Killing series, Into Africa, and The Explorers. He and his wife live in Southern California.
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Just a month ago, Bob Woodward’s book on Trump was released despite a furious Presidential uproar. Now, Bill O’Reilly’s book, released two days ago, focuses attention on the hunt for war criminals following the end of World War 2. Mind you, I, and most of my generation witnessed aspects of the events portrayed in this book, either up close, or from afar. Still, it is an invaluable reminder of what happened after the brutal murders of so many innocent Jewish people and other people due to racial, ethnic and religious hatred and persecution.
I’ve not yet read other O’Reilly books, but will make a point of doing so in the future. Not because I am a political devotee, but because I appreciate his sense of history and style of presentation. I think I would have loved being a student of his, despite our political differences.
BLUSH FACTOR: I came across no profanities. Further, this is a terrific book to read aloud in your prayer group, or to (or with) your children and your elders.
‘…In a classic courtroom Q and A, James Heath destroys the SS killer:
OHLENDORF: The Jews were collected at one place; and from there they were later transported to the place of execution, which was, as a rule, an antitank ditch or a natural excavation. The executions were carried out in a military manner, by firing squads under command.
PROSECUTOR: In what way were they transported to the place of execution?
OHLENDORF: They were transported to the place of execution in trucks, always only as many as could be executed immediately. In this way it was attempted to keep the span of time from the moment in which the victims knew what was about to happen to them until the time of their actual execution as short as possible.
PROSECUTOR: Was that your idea?
PROSECUTOR: And after they were shot what was done with the bodies?
OHLENDORF: The bodies were buried in the antitank ditch or excavation.
PROSECUTOR: What determination, if any, was made as to whether the persons were actually dead?
OHLENDORF: The unit leaders or the firing-squad commanders had orders to see to this and, if need be, finish them off themselves.
PROSECUTOR: And who would do that?
OHLENDORF: Either the unit leader himself or somebody designated by him.
PROSECUTOR: In what positions were the victims shot?
OHLENDORF: Standing or kneeling.
PROSECUTOR NIKTCHENKO: In your testimony you said that the Einsatz group had the object of annihilating the Jews and the commissars, is that correct?
PROSECUTOR: And in what category did you consider the children? For what reasons were the children massacred?
OHLENDORF: The order was that the Jewish population should be totally exterminated.
PROSECUTOR: Including the children?
Benny Ferencz listens to the responses, baffled by Ohlendorf’s arrogance. “He told his men never to use infants for target practice nor smash their heads against a tree. He ordered his men to allow the mother to hold her infant to her breast and to aim for her heart. That would avoid screaming and would allow the shooter to kill both mother and infant with one bullet. It saved ammunition.
“Ohlendorf said he refused to use the gas vans that were assigned to his companies. He found that when the mobile killing vehicles arrived at their destination, where they were supposed to dump their asphyxiated human cargo into a waiting ditch, some of the captives were still alive and had to be unloaded by hand. His troops had to dig out the vomit and excrement—and that was very hard on his men.”
Most unforgettable among Ohlendorf’s offensive comments was that each murder was an act of self-defense.
O'Reilly, Bill. Killing the SS: The Hunt for the Worst War Criminals in History (Bill O'Reilly's Killing Series) (Kindle Locations 487-520). Henry Holt and Co.. Kindle Edition.
How thorough and how powerful is this work by O’Reilly? Because of him, I spent another $8.99 to get a book mention by him: Paul Manning’s “Martin Bormann: Nazi in Exile.” Regardless of your political sentiment, you NEED to read Bill O’Reilly’s “Killing the SS.” Better yet, add the Audible edition to your library. I wish the publisher would make the book and its Audible edition available to middle schools across the country for the maximum possible impact of this historical work upon our youth.
Five stars out of five.
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What O’Reilly and co-author Dugard… have done… is almost common sense… if you realize that O’Reilly used to be a teacher. I feel the way this book is laid out… is in a perfect format… for high school students (in addition of course to adults)… who may just be having their eyes opened as to the actual scale and depravity of the entire sick non-human Nazi deranged debauchery known as THE HOLOCAUST! It would be impossible to write an “any- age-version” expose’ of The Holocaust without some stomach turning examples… and for any full-fledged adult… they should be educated with no sick detail redacted… for the very good reason… that every person on earth should know… how vile it was… so “NEVER-AGAIN” would be the result. But this book has purposely restrained itself… I believe… for the greater goal… of making this book be able to target a younger entry level… to start a full education process at a younger age… a little easier.
The author’s should be very proud of the way they were able to tell such an awful… must-be-told… story… in such an educational… and easy to read format.