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The Scourge of the Swastika: A Short History of Nazi War Crimes

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Product details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Corgi; New edition edition (16 Jan. 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0552992232
  • ISBN-13: 978-0552992237
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,717,127 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This factual account of German war crimes of World War II is a formidable indictment of Nazi brutality and of the monstrous organisation which so terrorised occupied Europe and murdered at least 12,000,000 civilians. Along with The Knights of Bushido: A Short History of Japanese War Crimes by the same author, it was a phenomenal bestseller when first published. Drawing on documentary evidence submitted to the Nuremberg trials and brilliantly written by an expert intimately connected to the prosecution of war criminals, this searing condemnation of the Third Reich's crimes is factual, objective and unstinting in its efforts to expose the truth behind real or alleged atrocities. It examines Hitler's instruments of tyranny - the SS, Gestapo and Army - and repression; German crimes against prisoners of war; outrages committed on the high seas; crimes against civilian populations; the mass use of slave labour; the concentration camps; and the 'Final Solution' of the Jewish question.

Lord Russell's text examines such infamous crimes as the execution of 10,000 prisoners per day at Auschwitz; the massacre at Lidice; the destruction of the Warsaw Ghetto; the death of 4,000,000 Soviet prisoners of war in German hands; the lynching of Allied airmen; the Malmedy massacre; and presents damning evidence against individual German officers and the merciless regime which oversaw their evil activities. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.


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Excellent book well written. I was told it was a lot more gruesome when it was first published however it is still a gripping read and shows how dispicable and ruthless the Nazi's were.
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"His book is far from being just an indictment. Nor has he simply catalogued all the worst atrocities. The summary is fair and usually unadorned." - The Times

"This book contains a true story, fairly told. The author's tone is as moderate as his subject permits. He indulges in no lurid appeal and abstains largely from comment of any kind." - Times Literary Supplement

"This is a truthful and accurate account of what did, in fact, happen." - Birmingham Post

"It is a book which should be read by everybody." - Yorkshire Evening Press

"A cold, factual and unchallengeable book." - New Statesman

This excellent factual book, released in 1954, provides an overview of Nazi war crimes. The chapter headings may give some idea; 'Hitler's Instruments of Tyranny'; 'Ill-treatment and Murder of Prisoners of War'; 'War Crimes on the High Seas'; 'Ill-treatment and Murder of the Civilian Population in Occupied Territory'; 'Slave Labour'; 'Concentration Camps'; and 'The 'Final Solution' of the Jewish Question'.
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It was recommended to me by a friend, on that basis I bought it. It is due for a second read in the very near future, there is nothing sensational or OTT dramatics about it,. it deals with factual matters, the cruelty of a brain washed regime and how this came about. One of the most absorbing books I have read.
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Although not a modern history book, it gives a very good account of the war. An informative read.
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