Belonging and Genocide: Hitler's Community, 1918-1945 available in Paperback
No one has ever posed a satisfactory explanation for the extreme inhumanity of the Holocaust. What enabled millions of Germans to perpetrate or condone the murder of the Jews? In this illuminating book, Thomas Kühne offers a provocative answer. In addition to the hatred of Jews or coercion that created a genocidal society, he contends, the desire for a united “people’s community” made Germans conform and join together in mass crime.
Exploring private letters, diaries, memoirs, secret reports, trial records, and other documents, the author shows how the Nazis used such common human needs as community, belonging, and solidarity to forge a nation conducting the worst crime in history.
|Publisher:||Yale University Press|
|Edition description:||New Edition|
|Product dimensions:||5.70(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)|
About the Author
Thomas Kühne is Strassler Professor of Holocaust History at the Strassler Family Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Clark University. He lives in Massachusetts.
Table of Contents
1 Craving Community: World War I and the Myth of Comradeship 9
2 Fabricating the Male Bond: The Racial Nation as a Training Camp 32
3 Performing Genocidal Ethics: Togetherness in Himmler's Elite 55
4 Spreading Complicity: Pleasure and Qualms in the Cynical Army 95
5 Watching Terror: Women in the Community of Crime 137