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Under the shadow of the swastika : the moral dilemmas of resistance and collaboration in Hitler's Europe / Rab Bennett.

By: Bennett, Rab, 1950-.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: New York : New York University Press, 1999Description: ix, 318 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.ISBN: 0814798608 (cloth : alk. paper); 9780814798607 (cloth : alk. paper).Subject(s): World War, 1939-1945 -- Moral and ethical aspects | World War, 1939-1945 -- Atrocities | World War, 1939-1945 -- Underground movements | World War, 1939-1945 -- CollaborationistsDDC classification: 940.54/05 Other classification: 15.70
Contents:
Introduction -- Myths and Realities of Resistance -- The Moral Grey Zone: Collaboration -- Moral Choices in Occupied Europe -- German Security Policy and the Moral Dilemmas of Resistance -- Collective Responsibility and the Responsibility of the Resistance -- Jewish Resistance/Jewish 'Collaboration' -- Jewish Resistance and the Dilemma of Collective Responsibility -- SOE and British Moral Responsibility for Resistance -- Conclusion -- Index of Atrocities, Hostage and Reprisal Killings.
Review: "This study in the ethics of war is the only work to focus on the moral dilemmas of resistance and collaboration in Nazi-occupied Europe. It presents a comprehensive guide to the harrowing ethical choices that confronted resisters, community leaders and ordinary citizens in Hitler's Europe and includes a detailed discussion of Jewish responses to Nazi rule. Bennett explores how resistance movements responded to brutal Nazi policies based on the doctrine of collective responsibility in which entire populations paid the price for the actions of a few determined rebels. Bennett offers a critique of morally questionable methods of resistance such as torture, the mutilation and killing of German prisoners of war, and guerrilla warfare."--BOOK JACKET.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 292-313) and indexes.

1. Introduction -- 2. Myths and Realities of Resistance -- 3. The Moral Grey Zone: Collaboration -- 4. Moral Choices in Occupied Europe -- 5. German Security Policy and the Moral Dilemmas of Resistance -- 6. Collective Responsibility and the Responsibility of the Resistance -- 7. Jewish Resistance/Jewish 'Collaboration' -- 8. Jewish Resistance and the Dilemma of Collective Responsibility -- 9. SOE and British Moral Responsibility for Resistance -- 10. Conclusion -- Index of Atrocities, Hostage and Reprisal Killings.

"This study in the ethics of war is the only work to focus on the moral dilemmas of resistance and collaboration in Nazi-occupied Europe. It presents a comprehensive guide to the harrowing ethical choices that confronted resisters, community leaders and ordinary citizens in Hitler's Europe and includes a detailed discussion of Jewish responses to Nazi rule. Bennett explores how resistance movements responded to brutal Nazi policies based on the doctrine of collective responsibility in which entire populations paid the price for the actions of a few determined rebels. Bennett offers a critique of morally questionable methods of resistance such as torture, the mutilation and killing of German prisoners of war, and guerrilla warfare."--BOOK JACKET.

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Bennett (Manchester Metropolitan Univ.) focuses on the Resistance to German occupation during WW II, but he does so in a new and important way. His purpose is to illuminate the ethical dilemmas that the Resistance faced, as, for example, whether to kill one of their comrades to eliminate the possibility that he or she might, under torture, reveal their secrets. Bennett shows that the mode of operation used by the Resistance was conditioned by the way the occupiers responded to assassinations and sabotage and other efforts to undermine their goals. Although the author deals with all of the areas occupied by the Germans, the French Resistance is clearly the one about which he knows the most and whose activities are most frequently cited to illustrate a point. He devotes two chapters to Jewish resistance/ collaboration in order to demonstrate that Jews were not led like sheep to slaughter. And he includes a chapter on the British Special Operations Executive (SOE) showing that its leaders and operatives had little understanding of the Resistance. This is a significant book, one that is likely to stimulate intense discussion. All levels. H. D. Andrews; emeritus, Towson University

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