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5.0 out of 5 stars A rare inside look at Police Battalion 101
Reserve Police Battalion 101 was composed of 500 middle-aged men who had come from Hamburg, Germany and were either too old or unsuitable for the army. It was these ordinary men that carried out a piece of the dreaded New Order in Hitler's Europe, systematically gunning down Jews, Poles and other undesirables. They followed the dreaded "Einsatzgruppen," or...
Published on 19 Dec 1998

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3.0 out of 5 stars Ordinary Men, But Not Ordinary Motivations
The focus of Christopher Browning's Ordinary Men is how and why could the seemingly ordinary men of Police Battalion 101 shoot and deport Jews as they did, mostly in Poland's version of the Final Solution. He draws on the interrogations of over 100 members of Police Battalion 101 conducted during the 1960s.
Lurking in the background is the commonly held...
Published on 19 Dec 1997


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2.0 out of 5 stars No convincing explanation of why?, 12 Aug 2011
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This review is from: Ordinary Men: Reserve Police Battalion 11 and the Final Solution in Poland: Reserve Police Battalion 101 and the Final Solution in Poland (Paperback)
Details of all the actions
But I was expecting much more interview with the perpetrators themselves
Very little of that. The "why" questionj is answered with pure conjecture
In the end its another book deatiling the horror and not worth bothering reading
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