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Masters of Death
The SS-Einsatzgruppen and the Invention of the Holocaust
Baker & Taylor Examines the role of the Einsatzgruppen, task forces deployed in Eastern Europe by the SS, whose job was to slaughter Eastern European Jews, and discusses Hitler's eventual plans to annihilate members of other ethnic groups.
Book News It is a grizzly story popular historian Rhodes tells, but he says it is an important part of the larger picture of the Holocaust, and the victims deserve some notice by history. The Einsatzgruppen were special task forces that followed the Nazi armies into eastern Poland and the Soviet Union in late June 1941, and murdered Jews by the thousands gunning them down and burying them in mass graves dug by prisoners of war. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Blackwell North Amer In Masters of Death, Richard Rhodes gives full weight, for the first time, to the part played by the Einsatzgruppen - the professional killing squads deployed in Poland and the Soviet Union, early in World War II, by Himmler's SS. And he shows how these squads were utilized as the Nazis made two separate plans for dealing with the civilian populations they wanted to destroy.
Baker & Taylor The Pulitzer Prize-winning historian challenges traditional interpretations of the Holocaust in a study that describes the role of the Einsatzgruppen, task forces deployed in Eastern Europe by the SS, whose job was to slaughter Eastern European Jews, the development of less personalized means of murder, and Hitler's eventual plans to annihilate members of other ethnic groups. 35,000 first printing.