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Hitler's Enforcers: The Gestapo and the SS Security Service in the Nazi Revolution by [Browder, George C.]
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specialists will be grateful for this detailed ... monograph. ... Browder's book adds significantly to our knowledge of the Gestapo and the SD in peacetime. Its strength lies in the empirical detail and depth of analysis; (Times Literary Supplement, 8 August 1997)

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In Hitler's Enforcers: The Gestapo and the SS Security Service in the Nazi Revolution, George C. Browder offers the first examination of the combination of police culture and SS social engineers out of which arose the Nazi police state. Beginning in the Weimar Republic, Browder's work carefully reconstructs the lives of the men, from the homicide detective to the diverse recruits of the SS Security Service who participated in the birth of the Nazi police state, and gives a vivid account of the origins of Nazi atrocities and the logic that legitimated them. Since they acquired responsibility for the Final Solution and other Nazi racial programs, including the elimination of all sources of "degeneracy", these men contributed to the development of programs of mass murder which they then executed. As the keystone of police state terror, these organizations earned a reputation for all-seeing efficiency and sadistic inhumanity. Such reputations are tested against available evidence and the growing body of scholarship. Some do not survive the test, while others are redefined. These new insights into Gestapo, Kripo, and SD grew from research at 34 archives in Germany and the United States, including the personnel files of over 1,000 former members. This is also the first such study to benefit from the German documents captured by the Soviets and Poles and kept secret until recently. Hitler's Enforcers sheds new light on the early decisive steps that carried Germany to programs of ethnic cleansing and to total war. It will be invaluable to scholars and students of German history, along with anyone interested in the origins of Nazism.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4178 KB
  • Print Length: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (10 Oct. 1996)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000UDE3V4
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5.0 out of 5 stars Review 10 Mar. 2008
By Stephen Campbell - Published on Amazon.com
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Hello,

This is an expensive book. Is it worth it? I thought so. Why? The research the author had done is not available anywhere else. The writing is clean and concise.

Why I liked it. If you are reading this review then you probably have an interest in World War II, the SS, and the Holocaust. I read this book because I am interested in the formation of the einsatzgruppen and the men who ran them. I was interested in what the author had to say about the interaction between the SD, SS, and Police during this period.

This book is really two parts. The first part discribes the formation an nazification of the German police. His descriptions of the people involved and how it happened is excellent. This is also a great source for what was required in the way training, their case closure rate, etc. before the war. It also mentions career paths, and what was required both pre 1933 and post 1936 when Himmler gained control of the entire police/security apparatus.

The second part is a description of the SD. What type of men were attracted, how the recruiting was done, and what their role was. I had thought I knew a fair amount about this but the author constantly surprised me with the depth and detail of his research. Once again I was confronted with the fact that the men involved with the Holocaust can not be easily stereotyped. Also, I came away with an even greater knowledge of how fractured the Nazi security system was with its fiefdoms, overlapping responsibilities, and the drive to gain power an Hitlers attention.
6 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nazism - a 2 way attitude. 25 Jun. 2000
By Carla - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Nazism - you can either look upon this subject fondly or not so fondly. This is a great book for both causes. I started reading this book not knowing what to think and I have come out thinking in two seperate directions. I feel that, of course, Adolf Hitler was in the wrong yet he had motives behind his actions. This is a great book to set your mind clesr of any old myths.
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