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The Ordnungspolizei, or Uniformed Police, played a central role in Nazi genocide; charged with following the army to maintain order in the conquered territories. Edward Westermann examines how this force emerged as a primary instrument of annihilation, responsible for the murder of hundreds of thousands.
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"The is the first truly comprehensive analysis of how the German police came to be transformed into an essentially militarized murder machine in the service of National Socialist ideology. An outstanding work of scrupulous research, profound insight, and balanced judgment."--Gerhard L. Weinberg, author of A World at Arms"An important study that helps us understand the institutional dynamics of Nazi mass murder and how ideology is transformed into action."--Christopher R. Browning, author of Ordinary Men and The Origins of the Final Solution "A superbly written work that takes us inside the Nazi mind."--Donald M. McKale, author of Hitler's Shadow War "Destined to become a classic in the field of Holocaust Studies."--Alexander B. Rossino, author of Hitler Strikes Poland "Seminal. Westermann forcefully argues that it was the organizational culture of the uniformed police rather than German national culture that prepared them for their role in genocide. . . . A highly readable work for specialists, graduate students, and general readers alike."--Holocaust and Genocide Studies"Westermann adds another important piece to our growing understanding of how Nazi racial policy was implemented. . . . Illustrates the premeditated intent and success of SS leaders such as Heinrich Himmler and Kurt Daluege in transforming the men of the uniformed police into 'political soldiers' of the Nazi state."--America Historical Review "An excellent complement to--and extension of--the work begun by Christopher Browning on German police battalions [and] a well-written addition to the corpus of literature on Germany and the war, especially on the Eastern Front. It is essential for any student of that theater, and of German occupation policies."--World War II "A thoroughly objective account of one more cog in Hitler's killing machine."--German Studies ReviewAbout the Author:
Edward B. Westermann is professor of comparative military theory at the School of Advanced Air and Space Studies and the author of Hitler's Police Battalions: Enforcing Racial War in the East (see page 31).
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