No Middle Ground for the Eichmann Männer?

Yad Vashem Studies, Volume XXXI

George Browder

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No Middle Ground for the Eichmann Männer? Yaacov Lozowick, Hitler’s Bureaucrats: The Nazi Security Police and the Banality of Evil, Translated by Haim Watzman, London and New York: Continuum, 2002.xx + 297 pp.

Yaacov Lozowick’s study of the Jewish Experts of the Gestapo and SD and their role in the Shoah counters Hanna Arendt’s depiction of unemotional cogs in a bureaucratic machine that never allowed them to realize what they were doing. He demonstrates convincingly that they were hate-driven antisemitic fanatics, but he goes farther to argue that they were “unique” and “aberrational,” dedicated antisemites before they assumed office, coming “equipped with their ideological identification from home.” Browder presents literature and evidence arguing for a middle position, describing most perpetrators as originally normal men who either internalized or simply “wore” rabid antisemitism after emersion in their roles and missions in Sipo and SD.

מפרט המוצר
ISSN 0084-3296
Year 2003
ISBN 965-308-1
Catalog No. 200312
No. of Pages 22 pp.
Format Electronic article in Yad Vashem Studies, Volume XXXI, pp. 403-424, Edited by David Silberklang
Publisher Yad Vashem