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Ethics and Extermination: Reflections on Nazi Genocide Hardcover – 11 Sep 1997

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  • Hardcover: 276 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (11 Sept. 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521582113
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521582117
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.9 x 22.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,269,202 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'This is a formidable achievement. As Auden forecast, accurate scholarship may uncover what has driven a culture mad: here is a contribution to that process.' Social History of Medicine

'This is a marvellous book that can be read … by anyone interested in the Nazi period and the ethical and philosophical issues it throws up … detailed historical research of the highest quality … the style is direct, gripping and unevasive in its conclusions … can only encourage people at least not to miss this book.' John Shand, Journal of Medical Ethics

'This book is to be very strongly recommended for its scholarship, clarity, and contemporary relevance.' Journal of Forensic Medicine

'… powerfully written, intellectually challenging and morally courageous. It should be read by anyone who wants to know more about our century's inhuman practices … and should be required reading for students of Nazism.' Omer Bartov, The Times Literary Supplement

'I like books which make me think. Michael Burleigh poses troubling questions and shows how interacting ideas and policies - a colonising mission, eugenics, euthanasia - were gradually transformed and then fused by the opportunity of war into genocide and the Final Solution.' Hugh Trevor-Roper, The Sunday Telegraph

'This marvellously varied collection of his essays … Burleigh's work stands out for three reasons. First, he never loses sight of the fact that those involved were human beings. His use of evidence that illuminates individual experience is consistently superb and often painfully memorable. Second, he writes without jargon in an unaffected and often arresting style. And third, he does not strike facile moralising poses.' Niall Ferguson, The Sunday Telegraph

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This series of essays concern three interrelated aspects of Nazi Germany: relations with 'the east', 'euthanasia' and extermination. The book includes important contributions on the German-Soviet war, euthanasia, and the relevance of the Nazi experience to the current debate about the Holocaust.

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Very interesting as ever well written a great adition to this subject area the subject is treated with an extensive knowledge.
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HASH(0x92d1f0f0) out of 5 stars FROM THE HANDICAPPED TO THE JEWS 25 April 2000
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Michael Burleigh, an English historian, is the author of an earlier book on the Nazi "euthanasia" campaign of 1940, when Nazi officials, doctors, nurses, and hospital administrators joined together in the persecution of handicapped Germans. Over 70,000 people were murdered in about one year.
In this book Burleigh reflects on the "mind set" of the Nazi murderers, their attitudes towards their victims, and the ethical assumptions they made. He also comments with intelligence and perception on post-WW II reactions.
This book is insightful and interesting and rewarding for both general and scholarly readers. Burleigh brings wisdom and humanity to this all too dreadful subject.
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