Masters of Death: The SS-Einsatzgruppen and the Invention of the Holocaust



❴PDF / Epub❵ ☉ Masters of Death: The SS-Einsatzgruppen and the Invention of the Holocaust Author Richard Rhodes – E17streets4all.co.uk 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 th A major contribution to the Death: The PDF Ç 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 Masters of Kindle - they wanted to destroy The first plan, initiated in July , condemned the Jews of eastern Europe to slaughter by the Einsatzgruppen, who went on to executemillion men, women and children betweenandby 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 of Death: The eBook ☆ most of the actual killing The second plan, initiated in December , 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 thanmillion Slavs and membersof 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.Masters of Death: The SS-Einsatzgruppen and the Invention of the Holocaust

Richard Lee Rhodes is an Death: The PDF Ç American journalist, historian, and author of both fiction and non fiction which he prefers to call verity , including the Pulitzer Prize winning The Making of the Atomic Bomb , and most recently, Arsenals of Folly The Making of the Nuclear Arms Race He has been awarded grants from the Ford Foundation, the Guggenheim Foundation, the MacArthur Foundation and the Alfred P Sloan Foundation among others He is an affiliate of the Center for International Security and Cooperation Masters of Kindle - at Stanford University He also frequently gives lectures and talks on a broad range of subjects to various audiences, including testifying before the US Senate on nuclear energy.

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    If you re looking for a CBR and CBZ reader 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 thanmillion Slavs and membersof 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."/>
  • Hardcover
  • 335 pages
  • Masters of Death: The SS-Einsatzgruppen and the Invention of the Holocaust
  • Richard Rhodes
  • English
  • 10 September 2017
  • 0375409009

10 thoughts on “Masters of Death: The SS-Einsatzgruppen and the Invention of the Holocaust

  1. says:

    Completely overwhelming account of nazi atrocities by nazi Germany throughout Central and Eastern Europe.

  2. says:

    They are ripping children out of the arms of their mothers down at the Mexican border, putting them in cages with little warm clothing Where is the outrage I know it is there because it has to be, but is it enough Isn t this illegal What happened to humanity To America Hitler tested the people of Germany by first shooting Jews on the streets, letting them fall dead into trenches Where was the outrage There was none Some cheered He continued Later he took them away, put them in camps an They are ripping children out of the arms of their mothers down at the Mexican border, putting them in cages with little warm clothing Where is the outrage I know it is there because it has to be, but is it enough Isn t this illegal What happened to humanity To America Hitler tested the people of Germany by first shooting Jews on the streets, letting them fall dead into trenches Where was the outrage There was none Some cheered He continued Later he took them away, put them in camps and let them starve, with little food or clothing And as they weaken, and maybe even before, he gassed them.Who are these people who do such things, and who are the men who follow They are the ones who want a fight, who have been physicall abused by one of their parents they are the men who have been trained to kill These are the men that Hitler wanted in his military and in his government It picked the violent ones, and the ones he could train They are the loyal ones, but even they were afraid of him, as they should be, for he could turn on anyone one them at any given moment, because unlike they, he had no loyalties.Is this the country we want Am I wrong to compare Some yes, but then there are Jews, those who have studied history, who say that I am not They are the ones who can see into the future, so to speak.Update I spoke too soon about the lack of interest in helping the children at the border, and while Trump had his mind changed as to taking children away from their parents, they have not been returned to them He now keeps devising other ways to deal with the border, with the Hispanics In the beginning, in Germany, the Jews were killed on the streets They made Russian prisoners of war dig long trenches, and then they grabbed the children out of their parent s arms and lined them up with the women and men I know, I am repeating myself here, just as history repeats itself Hitler s SS men sometimes had nervous breakdowns due to having killed and watched and the killings of the women and children Listening to the wailing, seeing death, and knowing that some had been buried alive, and some had crawled out of their grave but had died a few feet away A few escaped in the night and lived to tell So many people had been buried in the trenches that poisonous gases formed and the drinking water was being polluted There had to be a better way, even a way to prevent the mental breakdowns of the SS men.How could people kill others so easily First, it took demonizing the Jews, calling them animals just as Trump has called the Hispanics animals, rapists and criminals It is that easy Make them the enemy Next, train your men well, and try to get men who have been abused as children, just as I have said, for they are the easiest to train, to make violent Then the other men would just have to follow orders or else Those who just did as told were often the ones who had nervous breakdowns So they devised a way to gas the Jewish people, a way that would distance Hitler s men from the killings The Jews would go quietly into a truck where gas was then released the same with the death camps I thought of the drones that we are producing now, the buttons that men have to push, the not seeing And Hitler then had the bodies burned instead of polluting the land People must be motivated to kill others, or else they would not do so In fact, motivation is not sufficient by itself to produce serious violence people must also have undergone prior violent experiences they must have learned to be violent and must have come to identify themselves as violent Otherwise their intense hatreds will emerge as ugly but nonviolent behaviors Himmler, the head of the SS had said, For him Hitler I could do anything Believe me, if Hitler were to say I should shoot my mother, I would do it and be proud of his confidence Yet, to be in Hitler s presence, and to hear unfavorable comments by Hitler towards him, caused even Himmler to become so upset as to produce violent reactions, which took the form of severe stomach pains To watch people be murdered upset him as well, and I think he suffered a breakdown as well He chose not to watch, to just give orders After all, like Hitler, he wanted to make Germany great About ninety children packed together into two small rooms in filthy state Their whimpering could be heard in the vicinity of the house Some of the children, mainly infants, were completely exhausted and almost lifeless Nobody came for them

  3. says:

    This had a few useful details for me, but mostly provided the kind of horrific examples of German criminal brutality that I have decided not to repeat in my current novel, since it has been covered often by people farknowledgeable than me, including some who experienced it directly and survived I will write about my characters reaction to those horrors, and their attempts to get Churchill and FDR to do something to save the Jews, which of course they never did.

  4. says:

    Interesting book on the Einsatzgruppen, The SS special task force developed by Heinrich Himmler in Nazi Germany This was the blueprint to the Holocaust The Einsatzgruppen invaded with the German army parts of eastern Poland and Russia, for the first phase of Hitler s Final Solution They murderedthan 1.5 million men, women, and children between 1941 1943 These death squads dug pits and executed them.

  5. says:

    This was a very good book on the atrocities committed by the SS Einsatzgruppen These were Task Force groups that operated joint and independently of the Wermarcht Army They deployed into Eastern Europe as a uniformed paramilitary force conducting cleansing operations Most people are educated on the German Regular Army, the SS Waffen, and the SS run concentraion camps Konzentrationslager during the Holocaust Yet most are not educated on the death squad tactics of the SS Einsatzgruppen Th This was a very good book on the atrocities committed by the SS Einsatzgruppen These were Task Force groups that operated joint and independently of the Wermarcht Army They deployed into Eastern Europe as a uniformed paramilitary force conducting cleansing operations Most people are educated on the German Regular Army, the SS Waffen, and the SS run concentraion camps Konzentrationslager during the Holocaust Yet most are not educated on the death squad tactics of the SS Einsatzgruppen The author details the formation, the structural organization of the units, and murderous killings committed in their geographic areas of responsibility Group A Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia Group B BelarusGroup C northern and central UkraineGroup D southern Ukraine, Crimea, Caucasus Group E CroatiaThis was well written and powerful I never knew of these units until now and they definitely had a deep impact in the atrocities of the Holocaust I would recommend it Thanks

  6. says:

    I ve had this book for a while now,I really didn t know what to expect.More facts that we already know, some one else s take on the facts.I was very surprised by this book,the content of this story is truly disturbing,We all know about the executions the starvation,beatings etc.What it contains is a true and detailed history of the final solution from the planning to it s implementation and near success.Of course 6 million dead is not trivial.The shear scope of Himmler and Hitlers plans boggles I ve had this book for a while now,I really didn t know what to expect.More facts that we already know, some one else s take on the facts.I was very surprised by this book,the content of this story is truly disturbing,We all know about the executions the starvation,beatings etc.What it contains is a true and detailed history of the final solution from the planning to it s implementation and near success.Of course 6 million dead is not trivial.The shear scope of Himmler and Hitlers plans boggles the mind.And how people followed this plan puzzles me.If your studying this period in time or this event check this book out

  7. says:

    This book is definitely not for the faint of heart Little has been written about the Einsatzgruppen, the Nazis mobile killing squads, in large part because their story is so gruesome One passage that stood out particularly in my mind was a story about how a bunch of Jews, including women and children, were pushed into a pit and then slaked lime was poured over them Slaked lime is a powerful corrosive and these people essentially dissolved while fully alive Their sufferings were so awful tha This book is definitely not for the faint of heart Little has been written about the Einsatzgruppen, the Nazis mobile killing squads, in large part because their story is so gruesome One passage that stood out particularly in my mind was a story about how a bunch of Jews, including women and children, were pushed into a pit and then slaked lime was poured over them Slaked lime is a powerful corrosive and these people essentially dissolved while fully alive Their sufferings were so awful that not even the Einsatzgruppen tried that again.This is a very well researched and written book, thorough but fairly short, and the author has some interesting theories about how ordinary men were driven to kill unarmed civilians over and over I would recommend, but with the caveat that it s not for the squeamish

  8. says:

    This is a necessary book, but not a very uplifting read We walk through the eastern front as the SS Einsatzgruppen murder innocent people The descriptions and accounts are horrible They come from first and second hand accounts of the massacres People that witnessed and escaped the atrocities.What is missing is the death camps and how they actually came to be The immediacy of them is described, but there is no talk of the construction or running of them There aren t accounts of conditions This is a necessary book, but not a very uplifting read We walk through the eastern front as the SS Einsatzgruppen murder innocent people The descriptions and accounts are horrible They come from first and second hand accounts of the massacres People that witnessed and escaped the atrocities.What is missing is the death camps and how they actually came to be The immediacy of them is described, but there is no talk of the construction or running of them There aren t accounts of conditions of the camps such as Dachau or Auschwitz where many many people were slaughtered What this book covers is the early stages of the murders and how the Holocaust came into being Murder pits and slaughter Again, not uplifting, but quite necessary

  9. says:

    WARNING This book is very graphic and disturbing It is truly a horror story of a different sort After reading this book, I once told someone, If a movie were made about this book, without being edited for content, it would be very difficult to watch It is that graphic and horrifying MASTERS OF DEATH begins innocently enough, drops you right in the middle of the Holocaust, and shows you the true face of evil.

  10. says:

    Anyone who considers themselves a Holocaust historian or anyone who enjoys reading of the Holocaust for knowledge and remembrance s sake needs to pick up this book at some point in their life This book is both easy to read yet nearly unbearable to get through Rhodes makes a clear argument of how the Einsatzgruppen were able to kill as many people as they did using Lonnie Athens theory of violent socialization through mass shootings and other executions He draws from a historical record c Anyone who considers themselves a Holocaust historian or anyone who enjoys reading of the Holocaust for knowledge and remembrance s sake needs to pick up this book at some point in their life This book is both easy to read yet nearly unbearable to get through Rhodes makes a clear argument of how the Einsatzgruppen were able to kill as many people as they did using Lonnie Athens theory of violent socialization through mass shootings and other executions He draws from a historical record comprising of Nazi documentation from pre , during, and post World War II, perpetrator confessions, and survivor testimonies that have largely been unexplored in Holocaust historiography It is these quoted accounts that make the book so hard to read due to their stark imagery of violence, cruelty, and brutality words that are, honestly, not strange or new terms attributed to the Holocaust It is exactly for these reasons that this book should be read thoroughly by any reader who can handle it and I urge you to at least try even if you think you cannot.The book especially explores Reinhard Heydrich the head of the Reich Security Main Office and the second most powerful man in the SS s psyche as well as that of Heinrich Himmler, the leader of the SS, particularly noting the fact that, for two men who ordered the deaths of millions of people, they never killed any of these people themselves As a result, the psychological damage endured by Einsatzgruppen leaders and soldiers are also explored here, such damage taking place only a verification of how wrong killing these people were and how aware they were of that fact, as well.So, yes, give it a read, and be prepared to think on the text long after you ve turned the final, grueling page

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