Ordinary Men

Ordinary Men

Book - 1998
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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.
Publisher: New York : HarperCollins World, 1998
ISBN: 9780060995065
Branch Call Number: 940.5318 BRO
Characteristics: 272p. ;,26 cm


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Aug 29, 2016

I gave this book 5 stars and totally because it is the only book I have read (and I have read A LOT of WWII history) that really covers the occupation of Poland and gets down to the gritty details. Most people, even those with more knowledge of WWII, really don't grasp the scale or the brutality of the NAZIs and their allies. This book goes a way to explaining how policemen, from a democratic, modern society, can turn into cold blooded killers. How 500 people, most middle aged, participated in the murder of over 83,000 people in a short period of time. Very few of whom were ever punished btw.

Jan 08, 2014

Ok so this is not a "novel" kinda of book. It is a text book. The book doesn't flow well, it's very choppy. I had a difficult time following along with all the statistics, dates, German cities and the battalion numbers. There were parts of the book that were story-like and easier to read which is why I gave it 2 stars instead of 1. The writing also was bad, almost as if they are missing commas and periods.

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