The Holocaust and its Contexts

Ordinary People as Mass Murderers

Perpetrators in Comparative Perspectives

Editors: Jensen, O., Szejnmann, C. (Eds.)

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Since the 1990s scholars have focused heavily on the perpetrators of the Holocaust, and have presented a complex and diverse picture of perpetrators. This book provides a unique overview of the current state of research on perpetrators. The overall focus is on the key question that it still disputed: How do ordinary people become mass murderers?

About the authors

ANDREJ ANGRICK Researcher, the Foundation for Science and Culture in Hamburg, Germany DONALD BLOXHAM Reader in History, the University of Edinburgh, UK GERD HANKEL Researcher, the Hamburg Institute of Social Research, Germany IRMTRAUD HEIKE Historian and author, Hanover, Germany CHRISTINA HERKOMMER Research Assistant and Lecturer, the Free University, Berlin, Germany OLAF JENSEN Lecturer in Holocaust Studies, University of Leicester, UK THOMAS KÜHNE Professor of History, Clark University, Worcester, Massachusetts, USA CLAUS-CHRISTIAN W. SZEJNMANN Reader in Modern European History, the University of Leicester, UK JAMES E. WALLER Edward B. Lindaman Chair and Professor of Psychology, Whitworth University, Spokane, Washington, USA HARALD WELZER Director of the Centre for Interdisciplinary Memory Research, the University of Witten/Herdecke, Germany

Reviews

'Ordinary People as Mass Murderers is an extraordinarily felicitous book which

ought to be regarded as an important enrichment to the academic and even to

the political discussion. It offers complex, detailed and sophisticated analyses

in every single one of its difficult subjects, and at the same time it is inspiring

and well readable. The editors doubtlessly succeeded in offering a supremely

objective and factual contribution on this urgent, extremely challenging and

delicate theme.'

- Wolfgang Benz, Center for Research on Anti-Semitism, Technical University of Berlin, Germany

Taterforschung (perpetrator research) is dominated by German scholars, and much of the sophisticated, detailed and empirically rich work has yet to find its way into English. This short collection of essays is thus very welcome as a contribution to the English-language scholarship on perpetrators...the book ranges widely, and the quality of the chapters is uniformly high, combining readabilty and up-to-date research. The book will be ideal for teaching at higher undergraduate or postgraduate levels...' - Dan Stone, Journal of Genocide Research


Table of contents (10 chapters)

Table of contents (10 chapters)
  • Introductory Thoughts and Overview

    Jensen, Olaf

    Pages 1-21

  • Perpetrators of the Holocaust: a Historiography

    Szejnmann, Claus-Christian W.

    Pages 25-54

  • Male Bonding and Shame Culture: Hitler’s Soldiers and the Moral Basis of Genocidal Warfare

    Kühne, Thomas

    Pages 55-77

  • The Men of Einsatzgruppe D: an Inside View of a State-Sanctioned Killing Unit in the ‘Third Reich’

    Angrick, Andrej

    Pages 78-96

  • Women under National Socialism: Women’s Scope for Action and the Issue of Gender

    Herkommer, Christina

    Pages 99-119

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Ordinary People as Mass Murderers
Book Subtitle
Perpetrators in Comparative Perspectives
Editors
  • O. Jensen
  • C. Szejnmann
Series Title
The Holocaust and its Contexts
Copyright
2008
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited
eBook ISBN
978-0-230-58356-6
DOI
10.1057/9780230583566
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-230-55202-9
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-36258-5
Softcover ISBN
978-1-137-34933-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVIII, 228
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