The Business of Genocide: The SS, Slave Labor, and the Concentration Camps / Edition 1

The Business of Genocide: The SS, Slave Labor, and the Concentration Camps / Edition 1

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by Michael Thad Allen
     
 

ISBN-10: 0807826774

ISBN-13: 9780807826775

Pub. Date: 04/01/2002

Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press

During World War II, hundreds of thousands of prisoners were worked to death by the Nazis under a brutal system of slave labor in the concentration camps. By 1942, this vast network of slavery extended across all of German-occupied Europe, but the whole operation was run by a surprisingly small staff of bureaucrats—no more than 200 engineers and managers who

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During World War II, hundreds of thousands of prisoners were worked to death by the Nazis under a brutal system of slave labor in the concentration camps. By 1942, this vast network of slavery extended across all of German-occupied Europe, but the whole operation was run by a surprisingly small staff of bureaucrats—no more than 200 engineers and managers who worked in the Business Administration Main Office of the SS. Their projects included designing and constructing the concentration camps and gas chambers, building secret underground weapons factories, and brokering slave laborers to private companies such as Volkswagen and IG Farben.

The Business of Genocide powerfully contradicts the assumption that the SS forced slavery upon the German economy, demonstrating that instead industrialists actively sought out the Business Administration Main Office as a valued partner in the war economy. Moreover, while the bureaucrats who oversaw Holocaust operations have often been seen as technocrats or simple "cogs in the machinery," the book reveals their ideological dedication, even fanatical devotion, to slavery and genocide in the name of National Socialism.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807826775
Publisher:
The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date:
04/01/2002
Edition description:
1
Pages:
392
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.15(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Abbreviations
Introduction1
1Origins of the SS: The Ideology Is the Modern Organization19
2A Political Economy of Misery: The SS "Fuhrer" Corporation57
3Manufacturing a New Order97
4Engineering a New Order128
5My Newly Erected House: Slavery in the Modern War Economy165
6The Hour of the Engineer202
7Total War and the End in Rubble240
Epilogue271
Notes287
Bibliography347
Index367

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The Business of Genocide: The SS, Slave Labor, and the Concentration Camps 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A brilliantly written book. The author elegantly describes the personal culpability of those involved in German Business during the Holocaust. This is an informative read for anyone interested in the Holocaust and Nazi Germany.
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