Book Review - "Ordinary Men" by Christopher Browning
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This paper reviews the book, "Ordinary Men: Reserve Police Battalion 101 and the Final Solution in Poland" by Christopher R. Browning. The paper describes the story, which details the actions of Reserve Police Battalion 101, a unit of the German armed forces involved in the mass killing of the Jewish population in Poland from 1942 to 1943. The paper explains that Browning sought to reconstruct a 16-month period beginning with the Jewish massacre at Jozefow in July of 1943 and culminating with the "Fall Harvest Jew Hunt" in November, 1943. The paper notes that the individuals of Reserve Police Battalion 101 involved in the relocation and execution of the Jewish population in Poland were "ordinary men," primarily middle-aged conscripts from working-class Hamburg, without specialized training beyond basic police methodology. The author concludes that he is still struggling to answer the book's evocative, fundamental questions about good and evil and what it means to be human.
From the Paper:"In 1941, Germany invaded Russia and in doing so annexed areas from the Baltic States toward Stalingrad and Russia. Gaining so much land studded with pockets of ethnic Poles, Jews and Gypsies led to the development of Einsatzgruppen or Special Forces units charged with establishing racial purity in areas conquered by the German army. This group had one task: rounding up and exterminating those deemed ethnically unfit either on the spot or through relocation to death four death camps built under the command of Odilo Globocnik in the fall of 1941. The camps were operationally ready by the early 1942 and it was at this time that the Reserve Police Battalion 101 became associated with this Special Forces unit and asked to kill Jewish men, women and children with impunity."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Browning, C. R. (1992). Ordinary men: Reserve Police Battalion 101 and the final solution in Poland. New York: HarperCollins
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