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Architects of Annihilation. Auschwitz and the Logic of Destruction (1991)

by Götz Aly, Susanne Heim

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Although the subject matter isn't for everyone, those that have an interest in the absurdity of the Third Reich's attempt to cull humanity, will find this to be a necessary read. Learn what they didn't make the time to teach us in history class. The meticulously designed action and the mind-numbing rationale to carry out the Final Solution will provoke both thought and astonishment. All that is required to appreciate this book is an open mind and the common knowledge of distinguishing right from wrong. ( )
  spartacula2 | Jun 13, 2009 |
Architects of Annihilation follows the activities of the set of demographers, economists, geographers and planners in the period between the disorderly excesses of the November 1938 pogrom and the fully-effective operation of the gas chambers at Auschwitz in summer 1942. The authors, both journalists and historians, argue that this group of intellectuals, often combining academic, civil service and Party functions made an indispensable contribution to the planning and execution of the Final Solution. More than that, in the economic and demographic rationale of these experts, the Final Solution was only one element in a far-reaching programme of self-sufficiency which privileged the German Aryan population.

"Götz Aly and Susanne Heim are known in Germany for challenging both establishment historians and the apologists. This book has no rival. It will be a must-read for students of German history and of the Holocaust."--Robert Gellately, Center for Holocaust Studies, Clark University
  antimuzak | Jan 28, 2006 |
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Two of Germany's most provocative investigative historians examine the frightening role of young educated careerists in building the Holocaust's ideological and material infrastructure. Moving from the waning Weimar Republic to Auschwitz's fully operating gas chambers, Architects of Annihilation shows how the unthinkable technocratic "solutions" to Germany's wartime problems were not only thought but spelled out and implemented. Documenting the eager participation of some of the country's best and brightest, it rejects interpretations that identify only Nazi leaders as the perpetrators of the Holocaust.

For Hitler's thinkers--career-minded demographers, geographers, economists, civil servants, and academics in the Third Reich's think tanks and bureaucratic offices--Europe was a drawing board on which to work out their grand designs. They were encouraged to rationalize production methods, standardize products, introduce an international division of labor, and modernize and simplify social structures. Ultimately, their work on everything from food shortages to birth control led to the sinister plan to "adjust" the ratio between "productive" or "unproductive" population groups.

The ideas of these ever more radical and ideologically aggressive technocrats culminated in proposals that--using carefully guarded scientific and academic euphemisms--advocated state-directed mass extermination as a necessary and logical component of social modernization. And, not well known outside of Germany, these thinkers proposed not only one "final solution" but serial genocides, planned in detail to be carried out over several decades.

This groundbreaking and controversial account of Hitler's planners received widespread attention when it appeared in Germany. Now a masterful translation makes it available to an English-speaking audience for the first time.

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"For Hitler' thinkers - the young and career-minded demographers, geographers, economists, civil servants and academics in the service of the Third Reich - Europe was a drawing board on which to work out their grand designs. They were encouraged to rationalise production methods, standardise products, introduce an international division of labour, and modernise and simplify social structures. Ultimately this would lead to the sinister 'adjusting' of the ratio between what were perceived as 'productive' and 'unproductive' population groups." "Architects of Annihilation is an investigation into the records left by these thinkers, tracing the period from the Crystal Night Pogrom of 1938 to the fully operating gas chambers in Auschwitz, 1942. During this time, the unthinkable technocratic solutions to the problems of an expanding wartime Germany were nevertheless thought and implemented."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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