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

Thomas Kühne

Abstract

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? This book offers a provocative answer. In addition to the hatred of Jews or coercion that created a genocidal society, it 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 solidar ... More

Keywords: inhumanity, Holocaust, hatred of Jews, coercion, genocidal society, people's community, mass crime, Nazis, community, belonging

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780300121865
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300121865.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Thomas Kühne, author