The SS, alibi of a nation, 1922-1945

by Reitlinger, Gerald, 1900-1979.

Format: Print Book 1989
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CLP - Main Library Mezzanine - Non-fiction DD253.6.R46 1989
Location  CLP - Main Library
Collection  Mezzanine - Non-fiction
Call Number  DD253.6.R46 1989
The SS,short for the German Schutzstaffeln ,was a far-flung organization, of which the Gestapo was only one branch, that served as the tyrannical expression of Nazi bureaucracy, a politics of terror. Germans in high places still use the SS as a standard excuse for the acts of murder, extortion, and genocide that were facts of daily life under the Nazis. Reitlinger explores the complex social machinery that allowed the SS to operate,the administration and internal rivalries, the SS field divisions, German military intelligence, and the organization of the concentration and death camps. He shows how the SS was embedded in the basic government of the country during those years and how its members were not so much lunatic killers as loyal citizens doing the bidding of a country that had gone insane. Powerful, objective, and based on original German documents and interviews,including information from Himmler's statistician,this book rejects the SS as an alibi for a nation's responsibility in the most far-reaching racial massacre in history.
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Series A Da Capo paperback
Subjects Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiter-Partei. -- Schutzstaffel -- History.
Germany -- Politics and government -- 1933-1945.
Publisher New York, N.Y. :Da Capo Press,1989
Language English
Notes Reprint. Originally published: New York : Viking Press, c1957.
Includes index.
Description xi, 502 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 22 cm.
Bibliography Notes Bibliography: pages [455]-460.
ISBN 0306803518 :
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