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The Resource Perpetrators : the world of the Holocaust killers, Guenter Lewy

Perpetrators : the world of the Holocaust killers, Guenter Lewy

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Perpetrators : the world of the Holocaust killers
Title
Perpetrators
Title remainder
the world of the Holocaust killers
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Guenter Lewy
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Language
eng
Summary
"Monsters exist, but they are too few in number to be truly dangerous. More dangerous are the common men, the functionaries ready to believe and to act without asking questions." Primo Levi's words disclose a chilling truth: assigning blame to hideous political leaders, such as Hitler, Himmler, and Heydrich, is necessary but not sufficient to explain how the Holocaust could have happened. These leaders, in fact, relied on many thousands of ordinary men and women who made the Nazi machine work on a daily basis -- members of the killing squads, guards accompanying the trains to the extermination camps, civilian employees of the SS, the drivers of gas trucks, and the personnel of death factories such as Auschwitz. Why did these ordinary people collaborate and willingly become mass murderers? In Perpetrators: The World of the Holocaust Killers, Guenter Lewy tries to answer one of history's most disturbing questions. Lewy draws on a wealth of previously untapped sources, including letters and diaries of soldiers who served in Russia, the recollections of Jewish survivors, archival documents, and most importantly, the trial records of hundreds of Nazi functionaries. The result is a ghastly, extraordinarily detailed portrait of the Holocaust perpetrators, their mindset, and the motivations for their actions. Combining a rigorous historical analysis with psychological insight, the book explores the dynamics of participation in large-scale atrocities, offering a thought-provoking and timely reflection on individual responsibility for collective crimes. Lewy concludes that the perpetrators acted out of a variety of motives--a sense of duty, obedience to authority, thirst for career, and a blind faith in anti-Semitic ideology, among others. A witness to the 1938 Kristallnacht himself and the son of a concentration camp survivor, Lewy has searched for the reasons of the Holocaust out of far more than theoretical interest: it is a passionate attempt to illuminate a dismal chapter of his life -- and of human history -- that cannot be forgotten. --
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1923-
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Lewy, Guenter
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  • illustrations
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Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
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  • Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)
  • Jews
  • War crimes
  • National socialism
  • Good and evil
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Perpetrators : the world of the Holocaust killers, Guenter Lewy
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Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 157-188) and index
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
Contents
Preface -- Introduction -- 1. Jews in Concentration Camps -- 2. Massacres by Shooting -- 3. Portraits of Killers -- 4. Serving in a Death Factory -- 5. Evading Participation and Opposing the Killing -- 6. The Perpetrators on Trial : Flawed Justice -- 7. Explaining the Holocaust -- Abbreviations and Glossary -- Notes -- Bibliography -- Index
Control code
ocn960033749
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
ix, 195 pages
Isbn
9780190661137
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, map
System control number
(OCoLC)960033749
Label
Perpetrators : the world of the Holocaust killers, Guenter Lewy
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 157-188) 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
Preface -- Introduction -- 1. Jews in Concentration Camps -- 2. Massacres by Shooting -- 3. Portraits of Killers -- 4. Serving in a Death Factory -- 5. Evading Participation and Opposing the Killing -- 6. The Perpetrators on Trial : Flawed Justice -- 7. Explaining the Holocaust -- Abbreviations and Glossary -- Notes -- Bibliography -- Index
Control code
ocn960033749
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
ix, 195 pages
Isbn
9780190661137
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, map
System control number
(OCoLC)960033749

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