The German Army and Genocide

The German Army and Genocide

Crimes Against War Prisoners, Jews and Other Civilians in the East, 1939-1944

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Baker & Taylor
Presents documents and photographs bolstering the theory that soldiers of the German army committed atrocities

Perseus Publishing

For the better part of fifty years, the powerful German army of World War II has been seen as an organization of consummate skill and honor, one that had little in common with the criminal policies and ideology of the Nazi regime. Fascinating and unforgettable, The German Army and Genocide explodes that myth. Through newly discovered documents and hundreds of astonishing photographs culled from archives all across Europe,The German Army and Genocide reveals that the nearly twenty million soldiers who passed through the feared Wehrmacht (the German army) were subjected to a massive ideological indoctrination, and that many were involved in widespread crimes against civilians and prisoners of war, acting both on orders by their superiors and—in many instances—on their own initiative. Based on a three-year German exhibit that sparked riots and heated controversy throughout the country,The German Army and Genocide features harrowing photographs taken by the soldiers themselves (often gleeful) of massacres, hangings, and torture; official army documents directing military units to murder Jewish communities; private letters written home, such as one from a young soldier who boasts that his unit had killed 1,000 Jews, adding, “and that was not enough” and military directives that definitively prove close collaboration between the SS and the regular army throughout the war.




Blackwell North Amer
For the better part of fifty years, the powerful German army of World War II has been seen as an organization of consummate skill and honor, one that had little in common with the criminal policies and ideology of the Nazi regime. The German Army and Genocide explodes that myth.
Through newly discovered documents and hundreds of astonishing photographs culled from archives all across Europe. The German Army and Genocide reveals that many of the nearly eighteen million soldiers who passed through the feared Wehrmacht were involved in crimes against civilians and prisoners of war, acting both on orders by their superiors and - in many instances - on their own initiative.
Based on the original German exhibit, The German Army and Genocide features harrowing photographs taken by the soldiers themselves of massacres, hangings, and torture; official army documents directing military units to murder Jewish communities; private letters written home, such as one from a young soldier who boasts that his unit had killed 1,000 Jews, adding, "and that was not enough"; and military directives that definitively prove close collaboration between the SS and the regular army throughout the war.

Publisher: New York : New Press ; London : I. B. Tauris, 1999
ISBN: 9781565845251
1565845250
Branch Call Number: 940.5405 GERMA
Characteristics: 224 pages : illustrations ; 28 cm

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