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by Eric A. Johnson


religious sectarians (such as Jehova's Witnesses), homosexuals and Jews. In this book, Johnson analyses the Gestapo's modus operandi throughout the Third Reich

religious sectarians (such as Jehova's Witnesses), homosexuals and Jews. In this book, Johnson analyses the Gestapo's modus operandi throughout the Third Reich.

Eric Johnson's exhaustive new history tackles the central aspect of the Nazi dictatorship - terror - head o. Eric Johnson's skill is to have made us understand how the Gestapo actually operated at local level without falling into the trap of identifying with the police organization.

Eric Johnson's exhaustive new history tackles the central aspect of the Nazi dictatorship - terror - head on. By focusing on the role of the individual and on the role of the society in making terror work. We learn, for example, that senior Gestapo were usually law graduates with a comparatively small number of officers. They relied to a great extent on third party informants often with a grudge against someone.

2000 - Nazi Terror: The Gestapo, Jews, and Ordinary Germans. Basic Books, New York. 1996 - The Civilization of Crime: Violence in Town and Country since the Middle Ages. 1995 - Urbanization and Crime: Germany 1871-1914. Cambridge University Press. 1992 - Urban and Rural Crime.

Nazi Terror : Gestapo, Jews, and Ordinary Germans. Nazi Terror tackles the central aspect of the Nazi dictatorship head on by focusing on the roles of the individual and of society in making terror work.

Nazi Terror The Gestapo, Jews, and Ordinary Germans By ERIC A. JOHNSON Basic Books. Locating Nazi Terror: Setting, Interpretations, Evidence.

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Nazi Terror tackles the central aspect of the Nazi dictatorship head on by focusing on the roles of the individual and of society in making terror work. Nazi Terror is the most fine-grained portrait we may ever have of the mechanism of terror in a dictatorship. oceedings{Johnson1999NaziTT, title {Nazi Terror: The Gestapo, Jews, and Ordinary Germans}, author {Eric Alan Johnson}, year {1999} }. Eric Alan Johnson. Destined to become the classic study of terror in the Nazi dictatorship, and the benchmark for the next generation of Nazi and Holocaust scholarship.

Nazi Terror tackles the central aspect of the Nazi dictatorship head on by focusing on the roles of the individual and of society in making terror work

Exactly how was Nazi terror applied in the daily lives of ordinary Jews and Germans? Eric A. Johnson answers these questions as he explores the roles of the individual and of society in making terror work.

Exactly how was Nazi terror applied in the daily lives of ordinary Jews and Germans? Eric A.

Jews, and Ordinary Germans by Eric A. Johnson at AbeBooks. co By focusing on the role of the individual and on the role of the society in making terror work, he is able to definitively and dramatically answer such questions as these: Who were th.

Nazi Terror: The Gestapo, Jews, and Ordinary Germans by Eric A. uk - ISBN 10: 0465049060 - ISBN 13: 9780465049066 - Basic Books - 1999 - Hardcover. By focusing on the role of the individual and on the role of the society in making terror work, he is able to definitively and dramatically answer such questions as these: Who were the Gestapo officers? Were they merely banal paper shufflers, as Hannah Arendt depicted Eichmann, or were they recognizably evil? What tactics did they use? Were they motivated by an eliminationist anti-Semitism?

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Nazi Terror tackles the central aspect of the Nazi dictatorship head on by focusing on the roles of the individual and of society in making terror work. Based on years of research in Gestapo archives, on more than 1,100 Gestapo and "special court" case files, and on surveys and interviews with German perpetrators, Jewish victims and ordinary Germans who experienced the Third Reich firsthand, Johnson's book settles many nagging questions about who, exactly, was responsible for what, who knew what, and when they knew it. Nazi Terror is the most fine-grained portrait we may ever have of the mechanism of terror in a dictatorship.
Mr_Jeйson
Eric Johnson's skill is to have made us understand how the Gestapo actually operated at local level without falling into the trap of identifying with the police organization. We learn, for example, that senior Gestapo were usually law graduates with a comparatively small number of officers. They relied to a great extent on third party informants often with a grudge against someone. Target groups for the Gestapo were Jews, churchmen and homosexuals. But it seems most "ordinary" German citizens had little to fear from the secret police even when they indulged in that most favorite of pastimes - listening in to the BBC. Gestapo oppression was very real but also selective and even passive on occasion. This reviewer would have liked a little more background on how the Cologne Gestapo, the subject of the study, related to their bosses in Berlin. An insightful study of the "Little Eichmanns" who abounded in the Third Reich. The book is all the more convincing as Johnson has conducted research in the 1990s on what elderly Germans remember about the events under discussion.
Sataxe
This interesting book is the latest entry into the ongoing debate regarding the extent of "willing' complicity on the part of the average German citizen in the Holocaust. While it claims to settle the issue by showing the extent to which the terror unleashed by the Gestapo was selective and relied on the compliance and conformity of the average German. Yet one is left uneasy with how this interpretation skates so selectively over the thousands of cases other have cited regarding the degree to which Aryans risked much to help or save German Jews. I believe this account is too generalized to be satisfactory.
The book is well written, and the arguments and evidence well presented. I have problems with the research methods employed and the sampling techniques as described. My opinion is that this book only fuels the fire, and settles nothing. The main problem with its argument that ordinary Germans knowingly and enthusiastically complied with the Nazi policy to systematically scapegoat and exterminate the Jews, the truth is that there is just too much contrary evidence to trust such sweeping claims based on the evidence introduced and cited. Such a generalized argument ignores a lot of inconvenient evidence as well as a number of other more subtle and less reassuring conclusions one could also easily reach regarding the degree to which the ordinary German participated in the extermination of the Jews.
It's true that Germany in that period was characterized by a degree of conformity and adherence to very narrowly and carefully circumscribed rules of conduct. It's also true, however, that during the 12-year reign of the Third Reich deviance from these narrowly conceived moral codes was hardly considered an active or safe option for Germans to openly adopt or publicly support. Given this conformity and the fabled German awe for authority, ordinary citizens were ripe targets for the manipulation and propaganda the Nazis churned out. Properly frightened, chastised, and manipulated, the ordinary German was so concerned for his own safety and that of his family that he scarcely had the moral courage to stand up for what he thought was the unfair treatment of Jews.
Of course, this concern for one's own skin quickly leads to cowardice, and there is no debate over the degree of such loathsome behavior many (if not most) Germans adopted. My point is emphatically not meant to excuse the cowardice of the German people, nor to deny the author's claims that many individual Germans did cooperate enthusiastically in order to benefit themselves, it is simply not accurate to say that the German people generally knew of the "Final Solution" in advance, nor while it was proceeding until very late in the game. Even Jews queried do not consistently understand the savage degree to which Hitler meant to deal with the so-called "Jewish Problem". In recently published books like "I Shall bear Witness" by a German Jew living through the holocaust in Dresden, it is not until the early 1940s that he and his fellow Jews seem to recognize the full extent of what is happening. The author, Victor Klemperer,attributes his own survival (and that of his Aryan wife), to the quiet kindness and risky interventions of countless anonymous Aryans they didn't necessarily even know.
Thus I have to confess that I wasn't convinced by the author's argument or evidence as presented that things were as clear or as simple as he claims. It is an interesting, highly readable, and well-presented book, and certainly an impressive effort on behalf of a revised version of the so-called Goldhagen thesis. However, in the real world, one comprised by ordinary, imperfect, timid, and self-interested individuals, this argument is just too general and convenient to believe (at least based on the evidence presented). And so the debate will likely continue. Enjoy!
Tujar
The title and cover blurbs are misleading. My expectation was that this book would address the issues raised in Goldhagen's controversial book, "Hitler's Willing Executioners: Ordinary Germans and the Holocaust", which argues, with some powerful facts and analysis, that the Holocaust was attributable to a vicious and malignant "eliminationist" anti-semitism subscribed to by most "ordinary" Germans, not just some lunatic minority. One reviewer cited on the cover page, George Mosse, asserts that Johnson's book makes "hash" of Goldhagen's claim. It does nothing of the kind--Johnson repeatedly cites Goldhagen with approval for the proposition that ordinary Germans were the ones who committed and bore responsibility for the murders, tortures, etc. He only disagrees with the explanation Goldhagen gives why ordinary Germans did this. However, Johnson gives little or no data or reasoning to explain or support his disagreement. What the book covers is the relationship between the Gestapo and ordinary Germans--did ordinary Germans fear the SS or Gestapo? (No.) Were ordinary Germans often arrested by the Gestapo? (No.) Did they fear getting arrested? (No.) Were they tortured, murdered or sent to concentration camps for minor offenses like listening to British newscasts, which resulted in almost immediate death sentences for Jews? (Rarely.)
It also covers, but sometimes as superficially as its treatment of Jews, the Gestapo's campaigns against gays, Jehovah's Witnesses, Catholics, elderly or mentally or physically handicapped citizens and other minorities.
The book's conclusions are based on a rather small sampling--e.g., a survey of handful of citizens from Cologne and two smaller cities and a review of a selection of criminal court and Gestapo files and records. Possibly, there could be some statistical validity to such a small sample, but Johnson does not show that the sample is mathematically sufficient to support such major conclusions about the Holocaust and I am dubious, especially since he concedes that he knew that some of the survey respondents lied about what they knew or did and that Cologne may not have been typical--it gave Hitler fewer votes than any other city in Germany. He also deals almost exclusively with the Gestapo. Goldhagen dealt primarily with the civilian police battalians, and also with the SS and the German army.
Finally, I was surprised that the bibliography doesn't even mention some of the major studies like Lucy Davidovich's "The War Against the Jews".
The book has some interesting points (e.g., Johnson makes a strong argument that, by 1942 or 43, most Germans knew the truth), but does not attempt to address in any depth the issues raised by Goldhagen and Browning. E.g., if most Germans knew the truth and believed that their Government was acting in a criminal manner, why did they keep silent? Compare Johnson's reasons and Goldhagen's explanations why those reasons don't hold up. It is hard to dismiss Goldhagen's analysis, and Johnson's explanations are just too facile.
For a more interesting and authentic picture and, arguably, a view not completely consistent with Goldhagen's position, try the Victor Klemperer diaries now available in English.
Tholmeena
My apologies to the author, I simply found this book to be a) boring and b) very badly organized...it was far too hard to get to the 'meat'...
Unsoo
lots of new info certainly worth a cent
Tiainar
It's difficult to assess this book because it is printed in a very hard-to-read font. Not only are the letters poorly designed, but the ink itself is very light. Instead of being a crisp, clear black, it appears gray.
Nazi Terror: The Gestapo, Jews, and Ordinary Germans ebook
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