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Auschwitz: The Nazis & The Final Solution by Laurence Rees

By Laurence Rees

During this compelling e-book, hugely acclaimed writer and broadcaster Laurence Rees tells the definitive historical past of the main infamous Nazi establishment of all of them. we find how Auschwitz developed from a focus camp for Polish political prisoners into the positioning of the biggest mass homicide in heritage - half dying camp, half focus camp, the place round one million Jews have been killed.

Auschwitz examines the mentality and motivations of the most important Nazi determination makers, and perpetrators of appalling crimes communicate right here for the 1st time approximately their activities. interesting and anxious proof were exposed - from the operation of a brothel to the corruption that used to be rife in the course of the camp. The booklet attracts on interesting new documentary fabric from lately opened Russian records, in order to problem many formerly accredited arguments.

This is the tale of homicide, brutality, braveness, get away and survival, and a strong account of ways human tragedy of such vast scale can have occurred.

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34 M I R R O R S OF DESTRUCTION The Shield of Honor For postwar Germans the years of the Third Reich and the devastation of the war were so overwhelming that the more distant events of World War I were often allotted the role of mere historical background to the catastrophe of Nazism. 48 Indeed, precisely this inescapable presence of Nazism has motivated some German scholars and politicians to insist that in order to face the future, their nation had to be given a usable past. And since Hitler's Reich could not be wished out of history, the common strategy to come to terms with its legacy was to relativize it, either by reference to other criminal regimes and genocides, or by shifting the focus to the allegedly positive elements in Nazi society and rejecting the centrality of the Holocaust.

On one level, this "battle community" was constituted only of one's direct comrades in the unit; but on a more abstract level, it included all those multitudes of men who had shared the same frontline experiences and came to see the world, and their role in it, through the prism of struggle, sacrifice, and destruction. Furthermore, the Kampfgemeinschaft soon came to be defined in a manner that excluded from it those veterans who embraced different political views or were not considered "truly" German.

In 1945 the totality of defeat left no room for doubt that its main cause was overwhelming Allied preponderance. But besides being forced to recognize the limits of their power, Germans were also 36 M I R R O R S OF D E S T R U C T I O N deprived of honor by their foes, who insisted on invalidating the moral value of their sacrifices by asserting that they had served an evil cause. The glorious defense of the homeland was now presented as shameful and incriminating support for a genocidal regime.

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