Masters of Death: The SS-Einsatzgruppen and the Invention of the Holocaust

Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, 18 . 2007 . - 368 .
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In Masters of Death,Pulitzer Prize-winning author Rhodes gives full weight, for the first time, to the Einsatzgruppens role in the Holocaust. These special task forces, organized by Heinrich Himmler to follow the German army as it advanced into eastern Poland and Russia, were the agents of the first phase of the Final Solution. They murdered more than 1.5 million men, women, and children between 1941 and 1943, often by shooting them into killing pits, as at Babi Yar.

These massive crimes have been generally overlooked or underestimated by Holocaust historians, who have focused on the gas chambers. In this painstaking account, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Richard Rhodes profiles the eastern campaigns architects as well as its ordinary soldiers and policemen, and helps us understand how such men were conditioned to carry out mass murder. Marshaling a vast array of documents and the testimony of perpetrators and survivors, this book is an essential contribution to our understanding of the Holocaust and World War II.
 

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LibraryThing Review

  - ShaneTierney - LibraryThing

This is a glorified highschool essay. Almost the entire book consists of strung-together quotes of other historians' work. If it is well-written it is because other authors and memoirists wrote well.

MASTERS OF DEATH: The SS-Einsatzgruppen and the Invention of the Holocaust

  - Kirkus

A grim tale of the Shoah's early years, delivered by accomplished journalist and Pulitzer-winning historian Rhodes (Why They Kill, 1999, etc.).The Final Solution, he acknowledges, was inherent in the ...

Barbarossa
53
Truehearted Heinrich I
69
Extermination
86
SEVEN DEPARTMENTS OF HELI
117
All Jews of All Ages
137
Lords of Life and Death
151
Babi
170
Pure Murder
181
Nerves
215
Final Solution
229
Judenfrei
241
Cinders Flying in the Wind
258
Epilogue
275
Notes
301
Acknowledgments
324

Rumbula
201

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 (2007)

Richard Rhodes is the author or editor of twentytwo books, most recently the author ofThe Twilight of the Bomb, the last volume in a quartet about nuclear history. The first,The Making of the Atomic Bomb, won the Pulitzer Prize, a National Book Award, and a National Book Critics Circle Award. He has received numerous fellowships for research and writing, including grants from the Ford Foundation, the Guggenheim Foundation, the MacArthur Foundation and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. He has been a visiting scholar at Harvard and MIT and a host and correspondent for documentaries on public television'sFrontlineandAmerican Experienceseries. An affiliate of the Center for International Security and Cooperation at Stanford University, he lectures frequently to audiences in the United States and abroad.