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4.0 out of 5 stars Uncomfortable Reading, 16 Nov 2013
This review is from: A Small Town Near Auschwitz: Ordinary Nazis and the Holocaust (Paperback)
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How did a small town in Poland contribute to the Holocaust? The history of Bedzin and its inhabitants between 1939 and 1945, and long afterwards is a fascinating study on self delusion and history as people would like us to remember it, and them. Much like Gerald Reitlinger's "SS the Excuse for a Nation", it points out that not everyone was ignorant of what happened. It also shows once again that the Nazi state was not as all pervasive as Hollywood and the revised history as promulgated by some German and Polish historians is not strictly true. The sections dealing with the post war West Germany, and how people reconciled their own failings, and indeed crimes, to soothe their own and their families conscince is the truly frightening part. Essential and disturbing reading. Only the somewhat haphazrd layout disappoints.
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