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Ostkrieg : Hitler's War of Extermination in the East

By: Fritz, Stephen G.
Material type: TextTextSeries: eBooks on Demand.Publisher: Lexington : The University Press of Kentucky, 2011Description: 1 online resource (689 p.).ISBN: 9780813134178.Subject(s): Germany - Military policy | Germany -- Military policy | Germany - Territorial expansion - Economic aspects | Germany - Territorial expansion - History - 20th century | Germany - Territorial expansion - Social aspects | Germany --Territorial expansion --Economic aspects | Hitler, Adolf - Military leadership | Soviet Union - History - German occupation, 1941-1944 | World War, 1939-1945 - Atrocities - Europe, Eastern | World War, 1939-1945 - Campaigns - Eastern Front | World War, 1939-1945 - Campaigns - Soviet UnionGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Ostkrieg : Hitler's War of Extermination in the EastDDC classification: 940.5421 Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Contents:
Front cover; Copyright; Contents; Maps; Abbreviations and Foreign Terms; Preface; 1. Dilemma; 2. Decision; 3. Onslaught; 4. Whirlwind; 5. Reckoning; Photo insert; 6. All or Nothing; 7. Total War; 8. Scorched Earth; 9. Disintegration; 10. Death Throes; Conclusion; Acknowledgments; Appendix; Notes; Bibliography; Index
Summary: On June 22, 1941, Germany launched the greatest land assault in history on the Soviet Union, an attack that Adolf Hitler deemed crucial to ensure German economic and political survival. As the key theater of the war for the Germans, the eastern front consumed enormous levels of resources and accounted for 75 percent of all German casualties. Despite the significance of this campaign to Germany and to the war as a whole, few English-language publications of the last thirty-five years have addressed these pivotal events.In Ostkrieg: Hitler's War of Extermination in the East, Stephen G.
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Front cover; Copyright; Contents; Maps; Abbreviations and Foreign Terms; Preface; 1. Dilemma; 2. Decision; 3. Onslaught; 4. Whirlwind; 5. Reckoning; Photo insert; 6. All or Nothing; 7. Total War; 8. Scorched Earth; 9. Disintegration; 10. Death Throes; Conclusion; Acknowledgments; Appendix; Notes; Bibliography; Index

On June 22, 1941, Germany launched the greatest land assault in history on the Soviet Union, an attack that Adolf Hitler deemed crucial to ensure German economic and political survival. As the key theater of the war for the Germans, the eastern front consumed enormous levels of resources and accounted for 75 percent of all German casualties. Despite the significance of this campaign to Germany and to the war as a whole, few English-language publications of the last thirty-five years have addressed these pivotal events.In Ostkrieg: Hitler's War of Extermination in the East, Stephen G.

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Library Journal Review

Integrating a variety of factors, Fritz (history, East Tennessee State Univ.; Frontsoldaten: The German Soldier in World War II) writes that the Eastern Front was fiercer than other theaters of war because Hitler saw it as an ideological/racial war that required the physical elimination of Jews, Communists, and Slavs to allow for Lebensraum and the exploitation of resources. He considers the German army as not as innocent as has been portrayed but complicit in the Holocaust and related atrocities; career German officers should have stood up to Hitler. Not based on primary research, this is a synthesis of many secondary sources. Fritz's aim is to study the German perspective on the Eastern Front, touching on the irony, paradox, and complexity of the war. The fuhrer, who did not always appreciate irony or complexity, is the main actor here. VERDICT Serious readers and specialists will most appreciate this book, owing to its analysis and extensive documentation. (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

CHOICE Review

When reviewing WW II, it is obvious that the Eastern Front was the principal theater of operations. Countless books have been written analyzing the Russo-German conflict, but now Fritz (East Tennessee State Univ.), the author of two previous studies about the Wehrmacht (Frontsoldaten, CH, Apr'96, 33-4668; Endkampf, 2004), has finished a penetrating narrative about Operation Barbarossa, Hitler's war of extermination in Russia. His new book does not embark on a radical interpretation of Hitler's decision for war in 1941. Instead, Fritz seeks to synthesize and build upon earlier scholarship while exclusively focusing on the struggle as seen from Berlin. For Hitler and his chief lieutenants, Operation Barbarossa was necessary to gain Lebensraum, living space, and avoid a repetition of the hunger blockade that crippled Germany during WW I. As Fritz notes, the early victories in Russia also gave additional impetus to Hitler to resolve the Jewish question in the forests of Poland and Belorussia. Although there are many noteworthy sources chronicling Hitler's war against the Soviet Union, Ostkrieg will be a significant addition to any academic library. Summing Up: Essential. All levels/libraries. C. C. Lovett Emporia State University

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<p> Stephen G. Fritz , professor of history at East Tennessee State University, is the author of Frontsoldaten: The German Soldier in World War II and Endkampf: Soldiers, Civilians, and the Death of the Third Reich . He lives in Johnson City, Tennessee.</p>

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