Ordinary Men by Christopher R. Browning
Reserve Police Battalion 101 and the Final Solution in Poland

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The shocking account of how a unit of average middle-aged Germans became the cold-blooded murderers of tens of thousands of Jews.

 

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Christopher R. Browning is Frank Porter Graham Professor of History at the University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill. He is the author of numerous books on Nazism and the Holocaust, including Nazi Policy, Jewish Workers, German Killers and Ordinary Men: Reserve Police Battalion 101 and the Final Solution in Poland.
 
Published March 17, 1993 by Harper Perennial. 304 pages
Genres: History, Travel, War. Non-fiction
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``If the men of Reserve Police Battalion 101 could become killers under such circumstances,'' he writes, ``what group of men cannot?'' It is the care with which Browning examines the evidence, as well as the soberness of his conclusions, that gives this work such power and impact.

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On June 13, 1942, the commanding officer of Reserve Police Battalion 101 received orders to round up the Jews in the Polish town of Josefow and shoot all but the able-bodied males. Major Wilhelm Trapp

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Browning reconstructs how a German reserve police battalion composed of ``ordinary men,'' middle-aged, working class people, killed tens of thousands of Jews during WW II. (Mar.)

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Although Johnson readily admits that a great majority of the German people found ways of ""accommodating"" themselves to the regime, he returns the burden of guilt to the perpetrators (in this case the Gestapo) and not the people.

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First considering factors in evolutionary psychology—such as humans' instinctive xenophobia and desire for social dominance—Waller examines psychosocial influences on the killers, from people's willingness to obey authority even when causing others physical pain (the famous Milgram experiments of...

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Browning reconstructs how a German reserve police battalion composed of ``ordinary men,'' middle-aged, working class people, killed tens of thousands of Jews during WW II. (Mar.)

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Homosexuality was considered abnormal and dangerous by the Nazi regime, resulting in the brutalization and death of thousands of gay men.

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Plotting Hitler's Death: The Story of the German Resistance, by the distinguished historian Joachim Fest (English edition, Metropolitan Books, 408 pages), will receive no attention comparable to the Goldhagen tract, due to the public notice its hype has evoked.

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