Belonging and Genocide: Hitler's Community, 1918-1945

TitleBelonging and Genocide: Hitler's Community, 1918-1945
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2010
AuthorsKühne, Thomas
Number of Pages280
PublisherYale University Press
CityNew Haven

No one has ever posed a satisfactory explanation for the extreme inhumanity of the Holocaust. What enabled millions of Germans to perpetrate or condone the murder of the Jews? In this illuminating book, Thomas Kühne offers a provocative answer. In addition to the hatred of Jews or coercion that created a genocidal society, he contends, the desire for a united "people's community" made Germans conform and join together in mass crime. Exploring private letters, diaries, memoirs, secret reports, trial records, and other documents, the author shows how the Nazis used such common human needs as community, belonging, and solidarity to forge a nation conducting the worst crime in history.

Short TitleBelonging and Genocide
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