Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Women and the Nazi East

Women and the Nazi East: Agents and Witnesses of Germnization by Elizabeth Harvey

The core question here is one of moral complicity. In studying women involved with second-order work in the German possession of the East during the second world war, how much did these people know? How much did they choose not to find out? What role did they play in the system of ethnic cleansing and genocide? Centering around such questions, Harvey puts an effective narrative in place that looks at the ideology, economy and communal norms behind these women in this period. Intense, well written and well structured, leading to some compelling insights.

Better than: The Nazi Seizure of Power by William Sheridan Allen

Worse than: A Woman in Berlin by Anonymous

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