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The Resource Ordinary men : Reserve Police Battalion 101 and the final solution in Poland, Christopher R. Browning

Ordinary men : Reserve Police Battalion 101 and the final solution in Poland, Christopher R. Browning

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Ordinary men : Reserve Police Battalion 101 and the final solution in Poland
Title
Ordinary men
Title remainder
Reserve Police Battalion 101 and the final solution in Poland
Statement of responsibility
Christopher R. Browning
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Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
In the early hours of July 13, 1942, the men of Reserve Police Battalion 101, a unit of the German Order Police, entered the Polish Village of Jozefow. They had arrived in Poland less than three weeks before, most of them recently drafted family men too old for combat service--workers, artisans, salesmen, and clerks. By nightfall, they had rounded up Jozefow's 1,800 Jews, selected several hundred men as "work Jews," and shot the rest--that is, some 1,500 women, children, and old people. Most of these overage, rear-echelon reserve policemen had grown to maturity in the port city of Hamburg in pre-Hitler Germany and were neither committed Nazis nor racial fanatics. Nevertheless, in the sixteen months from the Jozefow massacre to the brutal Erntefest ("harvest festival") slaughter of November 1943, these average men participated in the direct shooting deaths of at least 38,000 Jews and the deportation to Treblinka's gas chambers of 45,000 more--a total body count of 83,000 for a unit of less than 500 men. Drawing on postwar interrogations of 210 former members of the battalion, Christopher Browning lets them speak for themselves about their contribution to the Final Solution--what they did, what they thought, how they rationalized their behavior (one man would shoot only infants and children, to "release" them from their misery). In a sobering conclusion, Browning suggests that these good Germans were acting less out of deference to authority or fear of punishment than from motives as insidious as they are common: careerism and peer pressure. With its unflinching reconstruction of the battalion's murderous record and its painstaking attention to the social background and actions of individual men, this unique account offers some of the most powerful and disturbing evidence to date of the ordinary human capacity for extraordinary inhumanity
Biography type
contains biographical information
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DLC
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Browning, Christopher R
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
  • plates
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiter-Partei
  • Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)
  • World War, 1939-1945
  • War criminals
  • World War, 1939-1945
Label
Ordinary men : Reserve Police Battalion 101 and the final solution in Poland, Christopher R. Browning
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Publication
Note
"Aaron Asher books."
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 193-218) and index
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volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
One morning in Józefów -- The order police -- The order police and the Final solution : Russia 1941 -- The order police and the Final solution : deportation -- Reserve Police Battalion 101 -- Arrival in Poland -- Initiation to mass muder : the Józefów massacre -- Reflections on a massacre -- Łomazy : the descent of Second Company -- The August deportations to Treblinka -- Late-September shootings -- The deportations resume -- The strange health of Captain Hoffmann -- The "Jew hunt" -- The last massacres : "Harvest festival" -- Aftermath -- Germans, Poles, and Jews -- Ordinary men
Control code
24010495
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
xxii, 231 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780060190132
Lccn
91050471
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
(WaOLN)1424544
Label
Ordinary men : Reserve Police Battalion 101 and the final solution in Poland, Christopher R. Browning
Publication
Note
"Aaron Asher books."
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 193-218) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
One morning in Józefów -- The order police -- The order police and the Final solution : Russia 1941 -- The order police and the Final solution : deportation -- Reserve Police Battalion 101 -- Arrival in Poland -- Initiation to mass muder : the Józefów massacre -- Reflections on a massacre -- Łomazy : the descent of Second Company -- The August deportations to Treblinka -- Late-September shootings -- The deportations resume -- The strange health of Captain Hoffmann -- The "Jew hunt" -- The last massacres : "Harvest festival" -- Aftermath -- Germans, Poles, and Jews -- Ordinary men
Control code
24010495
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
xxii, 231 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780060190132
Lccn
91050471
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
(WaOLN)1424544

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