One of the darkest passages in German history is examined in this book (originally published in 1986) by five leading German historians of the Third Reich. The authors establish that a direct link existed between the widespread deaths of Soviet prisoners of war and the extermination of Jews and implicate the German army in the policies of genocide to a far greater degree than was previously thought. The situation of the inmates of camps is analysed and evidence provided of resistance action even among those facing death.
1. The German Army and the Policies of Genocide Christian Streit 2. The German Army and the Ideological War Against the Soviet Union Jürgen Förster 3. Resistance and resignation in Nazi Concentration and Extermination Camps Falk Pingel 4. Hitler’s Final Solution and its Rationalization Lothar Kettenacker 6. The Realization of the Unthinkable: The ‘Final Solution of the Jewish question’ in the Third Reich Hans Mommsen. Chronology of Destruction Gerhard Hirschfeld.