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Architects of annihilation : Auschwitz and the logic of destruction /
Götz Aly and Susanne Heim ; translated from the German by A.G. Blunden.
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Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, c2002.
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378 p. ; 24 cm.
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0691089388
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Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, c2002.
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0691089388
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Translation of: Vordenker der Vernichtung : Auschwitz und die deutschen Pläne für eine neue europäische Ordnung. Hamburg : Hoffmann, c1991.
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5015591
 
Includes bibliographical references.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Gotz Aly is a Fellow at the Hamburg Institute for Social Research Susanne Heim is an investigative journalist and historian based in Berlin
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"GÖtz Aly and Susanne Heim are known in Germany for challenging both establishment historians and the apologists. This book has no rival. It will be a must-read for students of German history and of the Holocaust."--Robert Gellately, Center for Holocaust Studies, Clark University
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"G tz Aly and Susanne Heim are known in Germany for challenging both establishment historians and the apologists. This book has no rival. It will be a must-read for students of German history and of the Holocaust."--Robert Gellately, Center for Holocaust Studies, Clark University
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"Gtz Aly and Susanne Heim are known in Germany for challenging both establishment historians and the apologists. This book has no rival. It will be a must-read for students of German history and of the Holocaust."-- Robert Gellately, Center for Holocaust Studies, Clark University
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Appeared in Choice on 2003-10-01:
Aly (Hamburg Institute for Social Research) and Heim (independent scholar) have written one of the most important and controversial studies of the Holocaust published in the past 15 years. Their main thesis is that the Holocaust was a consequence of "certain conceptual models, designs for 'final solutions,' which recommended--rarely explicitly, more often than not in sterile scientific jargon--the state directed mass extermination of human beings as a functional necessity for a long-term program of social modernization." Using this paradigm--which included various forms of economic planning and which was driven by a belief that Europe was "overpopulated" and that its population needed to be reduced "systematically"--the authors seek to explain the genocidal war against Jewry, the subjugation of Poland, the war against the Soviet Union, and the long-term Nazi plans for the future development of Poland, Romania, the Balkans, and Russia. This explanation, with its emphasis on technology and "rational" state planning, contributes significantly to understanding the policies of the Third Reich. Ultimately, however, it underestimates the central importance of racial theory and misunderstands the Third Reich's particular form of antisemitism. Still, this book has earned a significant role in the ongoing debate over how to decipher the Nazi State. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. All libraries. Lower-division undergraduates through faculty. S. T. Katz Boston University
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Götz Aly and Susanne Heim are known in Germany for challenging both establishment historians and the apologists. This book has no rival. It will be a must-read for students of German history and of the Holocaust.
It is illuminating to read Aly and Heim]s work in conjunction with contemporary history of technology and business. . . . [I]t is a great service that Princeton University Press has made Aly and Heim's work readily accessible to American historians of business and technology.
"It is illuminating to read Aly and Heim]s work in conjunction with contemporary history of technology and business. . . . [I]t is a great service that Princeton University Press has made Aly and Heims work readily accessible to American historians of business and technology."-- Michael Allen, Technology and Culture
It is illuminating to read Aly and Heim]s work in conjunction with contemporary history of technology and business. . . . [I]t is a great service that Princeton University Press has made Aly and Heim's work readily accessible to American historians of business and technology. -- Michael Allen, Technology and Culture
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Two of Germany's most provocative investigative historians examine the frightening role of young educated careerists in building the Holocaust's ideological and material infrastructure. Moving from the waning Weimar Republic to Auschwitz's fully operating gas chambers,Architects of Annihilationshows how the unthinkable technocratic "solutions" to Germany's wartime problems were not only thought but spelled out and implemented. Documenting the eager participation of some of the country's best and brightest, it rejects interpretations that identify only Nazi leaders as the perpetrators of the Holocaust. For Hitler's thinkers--career-minded demographers, geographers, economists, civil servants, and academics in the Third Reich's think tanks and bureaucratic offices--Europe was a drawing board on which to work out their grand designs. They were encouraged to rationalize production methods, standardize products, introduce an international division of labor, and modernize and simplify social structures. Ultimately, their work on everything from food shortages to birth control led to the sinister plan to "adjust" the ratio between "productive" or "unproductive" population groups. The ideas of these ever more radical and ideologically aggressive technocrats culminated in proposals that--using carefully guarded scientific and academic euphemisms--advocated state-directed mass extermination as a necessary and logical component of social modernization. And, not well known outside of Germany, these thinkers proposed not only one "final solution" but serial genocides, planned in detail to be carried out over several decades. This groundbreaking and controversial account of Hitler's planners received widespread attention when it appeared in Germany. Now a masterful translation makes it available to an English-speaking audience for the first time.
Main Description
Two of Germany's most provocative investigative historians examine the frightening role of young educated careerists in building the Holocaust's ideological and material infrastructure. Moving from the waning Weimar Republic to Auschwitz's fully operating gas chambers, Architects of Annihilation shows how the unthinkable technocratic "solutions" to Germany's wartime problems were not only thought but spelled out and implemented. Documenting the eager participation of some of the country's best and brightest, it rejects interpretations that identify only Nazi leaders as the perpetrators of the Holocaust. For Hitler's thinkers--career-minded demographers, geographers, economists, civil servants, and academics in the Third Reich's think tanks and bureaucratic offices--Europe was a drawing board on which to work out their grand designs. They were encouraged to rationalize production methods, standardize products, introduce an international division of labor, and modernize and simplify social structures. Ultimately, their work on everything from food shortages to birth control led to the sinister plan to "adjust" the ratio between "productive" or "unproductive" population groups. The ideas of these ever more radical and ideologically aggressive technocrats culminated in proposals that--using carefully guarded scientific and academic euphemisms--advocated state-directed mass extermination as a necessary and logical component of social modernization. And, not well known outside of Germany, these thinkers proposed not only one "final solution" but serial genocides, planned in detail to be carried out over several decades. This groundbreaking and controversial account of Hitler's planners received widespread attention when it appeared in Germany. Now a masterful translation makes it available to an English-speaking audience for the first time.
Table of Contents
Introductionp. 1
'Entjudung': the Systematic Removal of Jews from Germany's Social and Economic Lifep. 10
Looking to the Eastp. 39
Demographic Economics: the Emergence of a New Sciencep. 58
War and Resettlementp. 73
Living Life as a Member of the Master Racep. 115
The Government General: an Exercise in German Redevelopmentp. 130
1940: Plans, Experiments and Lessons Learnedp. 160
Interim Reflectionp. 174
The Economic Exploitation of the Ghettosp. 186
'Population Surpluses' in the European Trading Areap. 215
The War against the Soviet Union and the Annihilation of 'X Millions' of Peoplep. 234
The 'General Plan for the East'p. 253
Conclusionsp. 283
Notesp. 296
Bibliographyp. 357
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