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by Richard Rhodes

  • ISBN: 0375409009
  • Category: History
  • Author: Richard Rhodes
  • Subcategory: World
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  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Knopf; 1 edition (May 7, 2002)
  • Pages: 352 pages
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In Masters of Death," Rhodes gives full weight, for the first time, to the Einsatzgruppen's role in the Holocaust. The arrogance is astounding and the depravity shocking.

In Masters of Death," Rhodes gives full weight, for the first time, to the Einsatzgruppen's role in the Holocaust. These "special task forces," organized by Heinrich Himmler to follow the German army as it advanced into eastern Poland and Russia, were the agents of the first phase of the Final Solution. Arguably the most disturbing parts of this book were how blatant the Nazi program was. They made clear from the start they felt Eastern Europe belonged to German and they had no intentions of keeping anyone alive for long who stood in their way.

InMasters of Death, Richard Rhodes gives full weight, for the first time, to the part played by the Einsatzgruppen-the professional killing squads deployed in Poland and the Soviet Union, early in World War II, by Himmler's SS.

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Furthermore, Masters of Death contributes to Holocaust studies by documenting the numerous unpleasant stories that are difficult to approach in a delicate and respectful manner that extend beyond what the general public normally think of the Holocaust as being limited to ghettos.

Furthermore, Masters of Death contributes to Holocaust studies by documenting the numerous unpleasant stories that are difficult to approach in a delicate and respectful manner that extend beyond what the general public normally think of the Holocaust as being limited to ghettos and concentration camps.

In Masters of Death, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Rhodes gives full weight, for the first time, to the Einsatzgruppen’s role in the Holocaust

In Masters of Death, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Rhodes gives full weight, for the first time, to the Einsatzgruppen’s role in the Holocaust. These special task forces, organized by Heinrich Himmler to follow the German army as it advanced into eastern Poland and Russia, were the agents of the first phase of the Final Solution

I've read most books on nazis and the holocaust, noticing that many of them contain the same stories.

I've read most books on nazis and the holocaust, noticing that many of them contain the same stories. He does not give watered down versions of events; it's no holds barred in graphic detail. The story of the infants and toddlers that were locked in that shack were the most difficult pages I've ever read). Some critics do not like the way Rhodes tends to digress.

The Einsatzgruppen had a leading role in the implementation of the Final Solution of the Jewish question (Die . Rhodes, Richard (2002). Masters of Death: The SS-Einsatzgruppen and the Invention of the Holocaust. New York: Vintage Books.

The Einsatzgruppen had a leading role in the implementation of the Final Solution of the Jewish question (Die Endlösung der Judenfrage) in territories conquered by Nazi Germany. Under the direction of Reichsführer-SS Heinrich Himmler and the supervision of SS-Obergruppenführer Reinhard Heydrich, the Einsatzgruppen operated in territories occupied by the German armed forces following the invasion of Poland in September 1939 and Operation Barbarossa (the invasion of the Soviet Union) in June 1941.

German police force - the real rough guys, not the elite Waffen SS stags.

Masters of Death: The SS-Einsatzgruppen and the Invention of the Holocaust download pdf myebookpdf. The SS Einsatzgruppen were a few thousand members of the special German police force - the real rough guys, not the elite Waffen SS stags.

A major contribution to the history of the Holocaust from the acclaimed author of the Pulitzer Prize–winning The Making of the Atomic Bomb.In Masters of Death, Richard Rhodes gives full weight, for the first time, to the part played by the Einsatzgruppen--the professional killing squads deployed in Poland and the Soviet Union, early in World War II, by Himmler's SS. And he shows how these squads were utilized as the Nazis made two separate plans for dealing with the civilian populations they wanted to destroy. The first plan, initiated in July 1941, condemned the Jews of eastern Europe to slaughter by the Einsatzgruppen, who went on to execute 1.5 million men, women and children between 1941 and 1943 by shooting them into killing pits, as at Babi Yar--massive crimes that have been underestimated or overlooked by Holocaust historians. Rhodes documents the organizing and carrying out of this program and introduces the professional men--economists, architects, lawyers--who were the program’s commanders and officers, as well as the "ordinary men" who did most of the actual killing.The second plan, initiated in December 1941, was directed at the Jews of western Europe. By then, Rhodes shows, the face-to-face killing of hundreds of thousands had so brutalized the SS that even Himmler was shocked into ordering the development of a less "personal" means of murder--the notorious gas chambers and crematoria of the Holocaust’s second wave. Rhodes shows, further, that Hitler and Himmler intended the Jews to be only their first victims; their plan was to open up Russia to German colonization by destroying more than 30 million Slavs and members of other ethnic groups.Drawing on Nuremberg Tribunal documents largely ignored until now, and on newly available material from eyewitnesses and survivors, Richard Rhodes has given us a book that is essential reading on the Holocaust and World War II.
Reviews about Masters of Death: The SS-Einsatzgruppen and the Invention of the Holocaust (7):
Quttaro
"Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." George Santayana's well-worn quotation applies to nearly all reading and writing of Holocaust history, and Richard Rhodes' Masters of Death is no different. In it, Rhodes chronicles the misdeeds of the SS-Einsatzgruppen, the Nazi death squads which followed the German army's invasion of Eastern Europe and murdered over 1.3 million Jewish civilians at gunpoint (over 2 million people including non-Jewish civilians). These events were the precursors to the infamous concentration camps, but have not received the same historical attention. Like any treatment of this dark chapter in human history, it is impossible to judge Rhodes' book by the normal standards of entertainment value or overall positive impact. The best these works can do is remain faithful to the truth, educate the greater public as much as possible and pass judgement when necessary. In these capacities, Masters of Death is a success. Rhodes gives close attention to the anti-Semitic language and mythology used to attempt to justify these atrocities and offers significant insight into the psychology of the major Einsatzgruppen figures, including Heinrich Himmler, the National Leader of the Schutzstaffel (SS, the Nazi defense force), as well as many commanders and soldiers of individual Einsatzgruppen commandos. In these portraits, he draws heavily on criminologist Lonnie Athens' theory of the four stages of violent development, returning to Athens throughout the text for evidence that the individual in question had achieved a level of violent socialization. For the most part, Rhodes does well to let the sheer truth speak for itself in his accounts of the mass executions, describing the incidents in honestly graphic detail, but refraining from significant embellishment and only occasionally pausing to remind the reader that the soldiers who carried out these executions acted of their own free will, that they followed the orders of their superiors but recognized the criminality of their actions. At times, the narrator Rhodes even seems to disappear from the text, an absence that might be unwelcome for other, less weighty subjects, but one which well suits an account of an atrocity of this magnitude. The structure of the first few chapters is a bit jarring; Rhodes moves from the creation of the Einsatzgruppen to Athens' theory, back to the German army's assault on Soviet territories that prompted the Einsatzgruppen's actions, and then to a two-chapter mini-biography of Himmler, before finally settling into a chronological description of the death squads' movements through Eastern Europe about a third of the way into the text. Nevertheless, for those who wish to understand this hidden chapter of the Holocaust, Masters of Death provides a more than adequate depiction.
happy light
There is very little enjoyable about the book. The author deliberately shows the methodical destruction and intentional killing of a people and its culture by exposing the crime in their own words. The author brilliantly does this by crafting expertly written sentences and paragraphs that need to be read several times to gain the full magnitude of their weight.

Two observations regarding time in history come to mind in regards to this book. Most of all when the war was started the plan was already in effect to destroy the people of Eastern Europe. In fact, the Germans had visions of the solider who was also a farmer on the fridges of their nation. The speed at which they acted was astonishing. The same could be said about how quickly they fell.

They took 90 minutes, including drinks and light snacks, at the Wannasee Conference to determine the fate of millions of people in Europe. The arrogance is astounding and the depravity shocking.

Arguably the most disturbing parts of this book were how blatant the Nazi program was. They made clear from the start they felt Eastern Europe belonged to German and they had no intentions of keeping anyone alive for long who stood in their way. What was shocking to me was the massive amount of assistance they received from people who lived in these areas. Latvian, Ukrainian paramilitary units and volunteers helped them in their work and many of them never saw a day in court.

And that may be the thing that stays with me the longest after reading this book. How many “volunteers” were never brought to justice for the murder and looting of a collective soul of Europe.

A friend of mine once said Ireland has a history that would make a stone weep. I think the same could be said about Poland and the Ukraine. These wounds are still open. The scares can still be seen.

If you would like to have more information about the Holocaust I would recommend reading, Christopher Browning’s book Ordinary Men, Judgement before Nuremberg by Greg Dawson and any book by Deborah Libstadt.
Xanna
What is interesting about Rhodes' take on the Einsaztgruppen is his examination of violence from a criminology standpoint. He spends a few chapters examining a theory of developing violence in people, and then applies that theory to the actions of this horrible start to the Holocaust. Rhodes delivers a solid history, and I liked how he incorporated the criminology theory and background on both Hitler and Himmler. This, taken with other 'straight' histories on the Holocaust gives the reader a broader scope of what happened.

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