Masters Of Death : The Ss Einsatzgruppen And The Invention Of The Holocaust

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Richard Rhodes. Masters of Death: The SS-Einsatzgruppen and the Invention of the Holocaust. New York: A.A. Knopf, 2002 In Masters of Death, Richard Rhodes examines what the Nazi Party of the 1930s and 1940s stemmed from, how they got to be in World War II, and why they had such an evil hatred for the Jews of Germany, Poland, and surrounding countries. When most people think of the Holocaust, they think of the more famous concentration camps like Auschwitz or Warsaw. But Richard Rhodes gives detailed accounts of more “non-famous” concentration camps. Hitler’s youth and upbringing is explained in the book and why some theorist believe that he convinced so many Germans to act upon the Jews. Richard Rhodes argues and describes in the book, “what made it possible for men, some of them ‘ordinary men,’ to kill so many people so ruthlessly?” In the first few chapters, Rhodes describes how poorly the treatment of non-Aryan people were in the beginning, which only led to even harsher actions. To read that poor boy scouts being shot for no reason was excruciating. The thought of mass graves and not even knowing the person before you kill them, the brutality that non-Aryan Germans and Poles faced, and having the disable persons killed first is just inhumane. Heydrich made a point to tell the Einsatzgruppen leaders “not to interfere with ‘any purges that may be initiated by anti-Communist or anti-Jewish elements in the newly occupies territories.” (17), and that “… 20 to 30

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