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During the Holocaust, 99 percent of all Jewish killings were carried out by members of state organizations. In this groundbreaking book, Stefan KÃ¼hl offers a new analysis of the integral role that membership in organizations played in facilitating the annihilation of European Jews under the Nazis. Drawing on the well-researched case of the mass killings of Jews by a Hamburg reserve police battalion, KÃ¼hl shows how ordinary men from ordinary professions were induced to carry out massacres. It may have been that coercion, money, identification with the end goal, the enjoyment of brutality, or the expectations of their comrades impelled the members of the police battalion to join the police units and participate in ghetto liquidations, deportations, and mass shootings. But ultimately, argues KÃ¼hl, the question of immediate motives, or indeed whether members carried out tasks with enthusiasm or reluctance, is of secondary importance. The crucial factor in explaining what they did was the integration of individuals into an organizational framework that prompted them to perform their roles. This book makes a major contribution to our understanding of the Holocaust by demonstrating the fundamental role played by organizations in persuading ordinary Germans to participate in the annihilation of the Jews. It will be an invaluable resource for students and scholars of organizations, violence, and modern German history, as well as for anyone interested in genocide and the Holocaust.
|Format:||Paperback, 300 pages||Language:||English|
|Dimension:||22.35cm x 15.24cm x 2.79cm||ISBN10:||1509502904|
|Weight:||522g||ISBN13:||9781509502905||Publication Date:||30 Sep 2016||Publisher:||Polity Press|
ÂIn this masterly researched and subtly conceptualized in-depth analysis of the infamous Police Battalion 101, Stefan KÃ¼hl shows hauntingly how the ÂnormalityÂ of constraints, enrichment, comradeship, routine, and legality enabled Nazi perpetrators to achieve the ultimate abnormality. Ordinary Organizations will soon be considered as one of the key inquiries into the Holocaust.
Â Thomas KÃ¼hne, Clark University ÂAn extremely interesting book, engaging with theoretical approaches to understanding the Holocaust. KÃ¼hl makes a strong case for the explanatory power of organizational sociology in understanding how Âordinary menÂ could be brought to engage in acts of killing without seeing themselves as perpetrators. A controversial and stimulating read.
Â Mary Fulbrook, University College London
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