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"Justice at Dachau is a mesmerizing account of one of history's most infamous periods. Joshua Greene takes the reader back in time by weaving together a riveting narrative of the trial and its central figure, Judge Advocate William Denson, a true hero and humanitarian. This book is destined to be a classic among Holocaust histories."
-Patrick O'Donnell, author of Beyond Valor and Into the Rising Sun
Posted July 3, 2003
'Justice at Dachau' should be an informative book, but it isn't. It may be entertaining reading, but it lacks the consistency and pertinent details that a nonfiction book should have. For instance: Greene says that 1,672 Nazis were brought to trial, elsewhere he says 177, and there is no attempt to explain this discrepancy. (Were there other trials he didn't write about?) As if that were not confusing enough, the figures he gives for each trial--Dachau, 40; Mauthausen, 61; Flossenburg, 40; and Buchenwald, 31--add up to 172! So what is he talking about? Similarly, he says that 97 were executed; later he says that 426 death sentences were reduced to 298. Where DOES he get these numbers?! He does not even provide a list of the names of the defendants (much less their crimes and their sentences)! Most of those he does include he mentions by last name only. He seems more interested in writing dialogue for a suspense novel than he does in providing a clear, factual overview of these very important trials. I for one was left with more questions and confusion than answers and clarification.
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