Hitler's Furies

Hitler's Furies

German Women in the Nazi Killing Fields

Book - 2013
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Wendy Lower's account of the role of German women on the Eastern Front-not only as plunderers and witnesses but as actual killers-powerfully revises history. Lower, drawing on twenty years of research and fieldwork, access to post-Soviet documents, and interviews with witnesses, presents compelling evidence that these women took part in the shooting of Jews and uncovers the stories of SS wives-with children of their own-whose brutality is as chilling as any in history.
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013.
ISBN: 9780547863382
0547863381
Branch Call Number: 940.5318082 LOWER
Characteristics: xi, 270 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm.

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tadcook
Feb 06, 2019

This is a riveting and astonishing account of German women who willingly participated in widespread theft and murder in the eastern occupied territories, yet were largely ignored and not prosecuted after the war. Most of the individuals profiled in this book were secretaries and nurses, and this account does a good job of tracking them through the occupation, the war, and afterward. The descriptions of their work is horrifying.

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mammothhawk229e
Sep 29, 2017

Yes, I'm mad many of these ladies didn't get tried as war criminals.

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Janice21383
May 21, 2017

A story literally no one wanted told; why bother, when you can blame it all on Hitler, or failing that, the menfolk? Ironically, it was only with the rise of the women's movement that the female citizens of the Third Reich began to receive their fair share of credit for the regime's rise and fall. Their stories have a dark similarity to those of women on the Allied side: dull everyday lives, the call of patriotism, struggles against sexist restrictions, self-actualization via work and sacrifice. They might be inspiring stories, if they didn't sometimes involve murder and plunder on a massive scale. Certainly the women "pioneers" in eastern Europe felt no more misgivings nor regret than the prairie pioneers of North America. Long story short: the women were as bad as they were given opportunity to be, and if they had been given greater opportunities, they would have been worse.

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Dalex_64
Dec 12, 2014

A book that will make your stomach turn--for the horrible crimes committed, as well as for the failure of the authorities after the war to prosecute the perpetrators.
Just disgusting.

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