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The Resource A small town near Auschwitz : ordinary Nazis and the Holcaust, Mary Fulbrook

A small town near Auschwitz : ordinary Nazis and the Holcaust, Mary Fulbrook

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A small town near Auschwitz : ordinary Nazis and the Holcaust
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A small town near Auschwitz
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ordinary Nazis and the Holcaust
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Mary Fulbrook
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eng
Summary
The Silesian town of Bedzin lies a mere twenty-five miles from Auschwitz. Through its linked ghettos and that of its neighboring town, some 85,000 Jews passed on their way to slave labor or the gas chambers. The principal civilian administrator of Bedzin, Udo Klausa, was a happily married family man. He was also responsible for implementing Nazi policies towards the Jews in his area - inhumane processes that were the precursors of genocide. Yet he later claimed, like so many other Germans after the war, that he had 'known nothing about it.' This book re-creates Udo Klausa's story. Using a wealth of personal letters, memoirs, testimonies, interviews and other sources, the author pieces together his role in the unfolding stigmatization and degradation of the Jews under his authority, as well as the heroic attempts at resistance on the part of some of his victims. Portrayed is a fascinating insight into the inner conflicts of a Nazi functionary who, throughout, considered himself a 'decent' man. She also explores the conflicting memories and evasions of his life after the war. But the book is much more than a portrayal of an individual man. Udo Klausa's case is so important because it is in many ways so typical. Behind Klausa's story is the larger story of how countless local functionaries across the Third Reich facilitated the murderous plans of a relatively small number among the Nazi elite - and of how those plans could never have been realized, on the same scale, without the diligent cooperation of these generally very ordinary administrators. As the author shows, men like Klausa 'knew' and yet mostly suppressed this knowledge, performing their day jobs without apparent recognition of their own role in the system, or any sense of personal wrongdoing or remorse - either before or after 1945. This account is no ordinary historical reconstruction. For the author did not discover Udo Klausa amongst the archives, she has known the Klausa family all her life. She had no inkling of her subject's true role in the Third Reich until a few years ago, a discovery that led directly to this inescapably personal professional history
Summary
Presents a profile of the principal civilian administrator of Bñedzin, Poland and his role in enforcing Nazi policies towards Jews, along with insights into the conflicting memories of the Holocaust
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INZLJ
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940.5318094385
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  • illustrations
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index present
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non fiction
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adult
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ordinary Nazis and the Holocaust
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A small town near Auschwitz : ordinary Nazis and the Holcaust, Mary Fulbrook
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Includes bibliographical references (pages [357]-403) and index
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volume
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rdacarrier
Content category
text
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rdacontent
Contents
Legacies of violence -- Bedzin before 1939 -- The makings of a Nazi Landrat -- An early question of violence -- 'Only administration' -- Means of survival -- Escalation, 1941-1942 -- Towards extermination -- The deportation of August 1942 -- Ghettoization for the 'final solution' -- Final thresholds -- Afterwards and after-words
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xvii, 421 pages
Isbn
9780199603305
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(hb)
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unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
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illustrations, maps, photographs
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  • (OCoLC)821126829
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Label
A small town near Auschwitz : ordinary Nazis and the Holcaust, Mary Fulbrook
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [357]-403) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Legacies of violence -- Bedzin before 1939 -- The makings of a Nazi Landrat -- An early question of violence -- 'Only administration' -- Means of survival -- Escalation, 1941-1942 -- Towards extermination -- The deportation of August 1942 -- Ghettoization for the 'final solution' -- Final thresholds -- Afterwards and after-words
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xvii, 421 pages
Isbn
9780199603305
Isbn Type
(hb)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations, maps, photographs
System control number
  • (OCoLC)821126829
  • ocn821126829
  • OCoLC

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