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The shocking account of how a unit of average middle-aged Germans became the cold-blooded murderers of tens of thousands of Jews.

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Genre: History
Author: Christopher R. Browning
Publisher: Harper Collins
Release: 2013-04-16
File: 304 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780062037756

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The shocking account of how a unit of average middle-aged Germans became the cold-blooded murderers of tens of thousands of Jews.

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Genre: History
Author: Christopher R. Browning
Publisher: Harper Collins
Release: 1993-02-05
File: 304 Pages
ISBN-13: 0060995068

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Christopher R. Browning’s shocking account of how a unit of average middle-aged Germans became the cold-blooded murderers of tens of thousands of Jews—now with a new afterword and additional photographs. Ordinary Men is the true story of Reserve Police Battalion 101 of the German Order Police, which was responsible for mass shootings as well as round-ups of Jewish people for deportation to Nazi death camps in Poland in 1942. Browning argues that most of the men of RPB 101 were not fanatical Nazis but, rather, ordinary middle-aged, working-class men who committed these atrocities out of a mixture of motives, including the group dynamics of conformity, deference to authority, role adaptation, and the altering of moral norms to justify their actions. Very quickly three groups emerged within the battalion: a core of eager killers, a plurality who carried out their duties reliably but without initiative, and a small minority who evaded participation in the acts of killing without diminishing the murderous efficiency of the battalion whatsoever. While this book discusses a specific Reserve Unit during WWII, the general argument Browning makes is that most people succumb to the pressures of a group setting and commit actions they would never do of their own volition. Ordinary Men is a powerful, chilling, and important work with themes and arguments that continue to resonate today. “A remarkable—and singularly chilling—glimpse of human behavior...This meticulously researched book...represents a major contribution to the literature of the Holocaust."—Newsweek

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Genre: History
Author: Christopher R. Browning
Publisher: HarperCollins
Release: 2017-02-28
File: 384 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780062303035

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Why do they kill? The publication in 1992 of Christopher R. Browning's "Ordinary Men" raised crucial, previously unasked questions about the Holocaust: what made the members of a German police battalion – "middle-aged family men of working- and lowerclass background" – become mass murderers of Jewish children, women, and men? How does motivation tie in with other factors that prompt participation in the "final solution"? And what can survivor accounts convey about genocide perpetration? Reflecting on the work of one of the field's most influential scholars, the essays in this book explore the evolution and application of Holocaust historiography, identify key insights into genocidal settings and point to gaps in our knowledge of humanity's most haunting problem.

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Genre: History
Author: Thomas Pegelow Kaplan
Publisher: Verlag Ferdinand Schöningh
Release: 2019-09-23
File: 335 Pages
ISBN-13: 9783657792665

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During the twelve years of Hitler’s Third Reich, very few Germans took the risk of actively opposing his tyranny and terror, and fewer still did so to protect the sanctity of law and faith. In No Ordinary Men, Elisabeth Sifton and Fritz Stern focus on two remarkable, courageous men who did—the pastor and theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer and his close friend and brother-in-law Hans von Dohnanyi—and offer new insights into the fearsome difficulties that resistance entailed. (Not forgotten is Christine Bonhoeffer Dohnanyi, Hans’s wife and Dietrich’s sister, who was indispensable to them both.) From the start Bonhoeffer opposed the Nazi efforts to bend Germany’s Protestant churches to Hitler’s will, while Dohnanyi, a lawyer in the Justice Ministry and then in the Wehrmacht’s counterintelligence section, helped victims, kept records of Nazi crimes to be used as evidence once the regime fell, and was an important figure in the various conspiracies to assassinate Hitler. The strength of their shared commitment to these undertakings—and to the people they were helping—endured even after their arrest in April 1943 and until, after great suffering, they were executed on Hitler’s express orders in April 1945, just weeks before the Third Reich collapsed. Bonhoeffer’s posthumously published Letters and Papers from Prison and other writings found a wide international audience, but Dohnanyi’s work is scarcely known, though it was crucial to the resistance and he was the one who drew Bonhoeffer into the anti-Hitler plots. Sifton and Stern offer dramatic new details and interpretations in their account of the extraordinary efforts in which the two jointly engaged. No Ordinary Men honors both Bonhoeffer’s human decency and his theological legacy, as well as Dohnanyi’s preservation of the highest standard of civic virtue in an utterly corrupted state.

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Genre: History
Author: Fritz Stern
Publisher: New York Review of Books
Release: 2013-09-17
File: 160 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781590177020

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Ordinary MenOur lives are filled with amazing stories of impossible accomplishments by heroic men - soldiers who stared down death and somehow made it through, superheroes with incredible powers, wise men and women that formed nations, cured diseases, made life-changing inventions, and some that even conquered the world. The list goes on. These stories don't stop at the doors of our churches and Christian schools. We have all heard tales of the faith of Noah, the courage of David, the strength and love of Jesus, and so on. We have seen their movies. Like any good story, with every new telling the feats get bolder, and the actual people behind the stories get lost in the details. So what about us? What about the average person? How can we ever live up to these standards? Well, we can't. Spoiler alert! The real men in these stories didn't either. If we read the Bible and study their lives, we find that God doesn't need superheroes to accomplish the miraculous. He needs ordinary men - just like me and you.

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Author: Bryan Hall
Publisher:
Release: 2020-01-02
File: 78 Pages
ISBN-13: 1654643823

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A remarkable account of the amazing life story of the man who inspired the film Hotel Rwanda Readers who were moved and horrified by Hotel Rwanda will respond even more intensely to Paul Rusesabagina’s unforgettable autobiography. As Rwanda was thrown into chaos during the 1994 genocide, Rusesabagina, a hotel manager, turned the luxurious Hotel Milles Collines into a refuge for more than 1,200 Tutsi and moderate Hutu refugees, while fending off their would-be killers with a combination of diplomacy and deception. In An Ordinary Man, he tells the story of his childhood, retraces his accidental path to heroism, revisits the 100 days in which he was the only thing standing between his “guests” and a hideous death, and recounts his subsequent life as a refugee and activist. From the Trade Paperback edition.

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Genre: Biography & Autobiography
Author: Paul Rusesabagina
Publisher: Penguin
Release: 2006-04-06
File: 224 Pages
ISBN-13: 1101201312

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The book consists a series of small photo essays along with tributes that introduce the men, the author's association which was anywhere from one day to 30 years. He identifies the qualities he admires, their impact and added a recollection of his engagement with the subject.The project was expanded from an idea to capture the portrait of one man. The compiled a list of names of men whom he admired since his teens from his time living in Sydney in the early 1980's. The initial count was twenty-nine names but was extended to fifty men.The project spanned seven years, the first photo essay/portrait was captured in February 2013, the fiftieth in May 2019. On the lead up to the first session, he reflected on his association and it became apparent that at different stages from his late teens through to fatherhood that these men made an impact. This project became more than just a collection of single portraits. The subject matter deserved more than just a single frame to tell the story of their impact, thus the concept for the book was formulated.It was important that he make a public acknowledgement of the positive impact these group of men made in his life and they be honoured in this way. It required the author to step out of his comfort zone, became vulnerable by expressing his admiration. The joy was immeasurable.Men in the Australian culture do not readily openly express these sorts of thoughts and emotions, let along convey them to the other men. The journey allowed the author this opportunity.The underlining desire of the author is that the reader would identify with the book's message and would be inspired to reflect on those people (they love and admire) who have made a difference to their lives and to communicate those thoughts with those people.

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Author: David Martinelli
Publisher:
Release: 2020-02-22
File: 225 Pages
ISBN-13: 0994312512

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Genre: Christian life
Author: Dexter Yager
Publisher: Tyndale House Pub
Release: 1992
File: 143 Pages
ISBN-13: 0842345930

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Abteilung Deutschland came about as a department of the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs in May 1940, following a reorganization of the Referat Deutschland. The latter was established in 1933, and its first task was justifying German anti-Jewish policies to the outside world. Later its functions expanded, and in 1938-39 Referat Deutschland was instrumental in the policy of "forced emigration" of Jews, launched by the SS. The Referat D III was a desk in the Abteilung Deutschland dealing with Jewish matters. Dwells on the personalities of the chief of the department, Martin Luther; the Referat D III's chief, Franz Rademacher; and its leading "Jewish experts", e.g. Karl Otto Klingenfuss, Herbert Müller, and Fritz-Gebhardt Hahn. In 1940-41 the Referat D III prepared Nazi projects for resettlement of European Jews (e.g. the Madagascar project) and helped the Nazi satellite states (and exerted pressure on them) to introduce anti-Jewish legislation and implement their own anti-Jewish policies. Luther coordinated the Abteilung Deutschland's policies with every turn of the Final Solution. With the start of the deportations and mass murders of Jews, the Abteilung Deutschland became involved in deportations of Jews from satellite and neutral countries. However, the department remained a junior partner of the SS, since the latter did not always consult with the Foreign Office in carrying out its anti-Jewish actions. In March 1943 Abteilung Deutschland was dissolved, following a personal conflict between Luther and Ribbentrop, and its functions passed to the Inland II A department.

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Genre: Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)
Author: Christopher R. Browning
Publisher: Holmes & Meier Publishers
Release: 1978
File: 276 Pages
ISBN-13: UOM:39015005259794

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