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Hitler's Furies: German Women in the Nazi Killing Fields Hardcover – 3 Oct 2013

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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Chatto & Windus; 1st Edition edition (3 Oct. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0701187212
  • ISBN-13: 978-0701187217
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 2.9 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 68 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 399,451 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Hitler’s Furies will be experienced and remembered as a turning point in both women’s studies and Holocaust studies" (Timothy Snyder, author of Bloodlands)

"As pioneering as it is readable" (Literary Review)

"She writes engagingly, wears her considerable erudition lightly…never allowing her analysis to outweigh the fundamental humanity of the stories" (New Statesman)

"As gripping and eye-opening as it is chilling" (Andrea Walker People)

"Hitler's Furies turns on its head the idea that women are innately more nurturing, kind and moral than men... While the accepted wisdom on female participation in the Holocaust singles out the sadistic behaviour of a few women guards in the concentration camps, such behaviour is usually contrasted with the myth of German female ignorance of the horrors. A veil has largely been drawn over the actions of the rest. Not any more" (Eleanor Mills Sunday Times (News Review))

"Disquieting... Earlier books about the Holocaust have offered up poster girls of brutality and atrocity... Ms Lower's revisionist insight is to track more mundane lives, and to argue for a vastly wider complicity" (Dwight Garner New York Times)

"Through a combination of archive material and interviews, the historian Wendy Lower has unearthed evidence of women who witnessed and even perpetrated atrocities in the Third Reich's eastern-most territories, where most of the murders took place... her stark, often harrowing book is a valuable addition to Holocaust studies" (Ian Critchley Sunday Times)

"Until now it has been imagined that the Holocaust was perpetrated mainly by men and that female involvement was marginal. However, Ms Lower's research contradicts this." (Jewish Chronicle)

"Holocaust historian Professor Wendy Lower has unearthed the complicity of tens of thousands of German women – many more than previously imagined in the sort of mass, monstrous, murderous activities that we would like to think the so-called gentler sex were incapable of" (Tony Rennell Daily Mail Ireland)

"Wendy Lower's book interweaves the experiences of 13 ordinary women who went to work in the East... for some of these women, violence and murder became part of a rich brew of new-found power... Lower argues, they collectively show the role of women in the Holocaust has been underplayed; obscured by their later stereotypes as heroic 'rubble women' clearing up the mess of Germany's past, victims of Red Army rapists, or flirtatious dolls who entertaned American GIs" (Ben Shephard Observer (New Review))

"The Nazi regime is synonymous with men. The horrors of the Holocaust were, in the main, perpetrated by males. But there were tens of thousands of German women who took part in the Nazis' monstrous and murderous activities on the Eastern Front. The stories are told in Wendy Lower's new book" (Jewish Telegraph)

"builds a picture of a morally lost generation of young women, born into a defeated, post-WW1 Germany, and swept up in the fervour of the Nazi movement" (Sunday Telegraph)

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A shocking new history of the role of German women in the Holocaust, not only as plunderers and direct witnesses, but as actual killers on the Eastern Front

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