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Hitler strikes Poland : Blitzkrieg, ideology, and atrocity / Alexander B. Rossino.

By: Rossino, Alexander B, 1966-.
Material type: TextTextSeries: Modern war studies: Publisher: Lawrence, Kan. : University Press of Kansas, c2003Description: xv, 343 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.ISBN: 0700612343 (alk. paper); 9780700612345 (alk. paper); 0700613927 (hbk.); 9780700613922 (hbk.).Subject(s): World War, 1939-1945 -- Campaigns -- Poland | Lightning war | National socialism | World War, 1939-1945 -- Atrocities -- Poland | World War, 1939-1945 -- Atrocities -- GermanyAdditional physical formats: Online version:: Hitler strikes Poland.DDC classification: 940.54/05/09438 Other classification: 15.70
Contents:
The ideological dimensions of war with Poland -- Nazi radicals and SS killers -- The German Army and the opening phase of Operation Tannenberg -- Nazi anti-Jewish policy during the Polish campaign -- Institutional brutality and German Army reprisal policy -- From retaliation to atrocity -- Explaining German brutality.
Summary: Usually given short shrift in most histories of World War II, Hitler's invasion of Poland was more than a series of opening salvos; it was a testing ground for German brutalities to come. This is a comprehensive study of the campaign, including insights into its ideological underpinnings.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 305-335) and index.

The ideological dimensions of war with Poland -- Nazi radicals and SS killers -- The German Army and the opening phase of Operation Tannenberg -- Nazi anti-Jewish policy during the Polish campaign -- Institutional brutality and German Army reprisal policy -- From retaliation to atrocity -- Explaining German brutality.

Usually given short shrift in most histories of World War II, Hitler's invasion of Poland was more than a series of opening salvos; it was a testing ground for German brutalities to come. This is a comprehensive study of the campaign, including insights into its ideological underpinnings.

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Library Journal Review

Drawing on a plethora of primary source materials both in the United States and Germany, Rossino, research historian at the Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, has written a powerful book describing Operation Tannenburg, the code name for the Nazi assault on Poland in 1939. An excellent companion volume to Christopher Browning's Ordinary Men and Richard Rhodes's Masters of Death, the book illustrates the extent of cooperation between the military and the police to initiate Germany's policies of genocide and ethnic cleansing. Rossino discusses the experiences of these policies at all levels, from the high command to the soldier in the ranks. Studded with capsule biographies of the unit commanders, the book successfully characterizes the type of German soldier involved in the initiation of the brutal policies pursued by the military throughout the war. An apt documentation of an ethnic war of extreme brutality, it is essential reading for everyone interested in this type of ideology and total war. Recommended for large history collections.-David Lee Poremba, Detroit P.L. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

CHOICE Review

Just when it seems as if everything meaningful has been written about WW II, a book appears that makes us rethink some aspect of that terrible conflict. This is such a book. Rossino (US Holocaust Memorial Museum) breaks new ground in the study of German atrocities in Eastern Europe by focusing on the generally neglected 1939 Polish campaign. He describes how on the eve of the war, the Nazis planned to eliminate Polish resistance by slaughtering the political and intellectual leadership of the nation. More significantly, the author demonstrates how the German army was quickly drawn into this criminality by a combination of operational doctrines that left rear areas lightly occupied, creating the belief that any resistance had to be met with extreme harshness, and by longstanding German antipathy for the Poles reinforced by Nazi racist propaganda, which rapidly legitimized any retaliation, however excessive or brutal. These actions laid the foundation for even greater atrocities in Russia two years later. Rossino's argument is convincing. His research is thoroughly founded on primary sources, and his arguments are well reasoned. The result is a book that is essential for any collection in WW II or Holocaust studies. ^BSumming Up: Essential. All levels/collections. R. H. Larson Lycoming College

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