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Female SS guards and workaday violence : the Majdanek Concentration Camp, 1942-1944 / Elissa Mailander ; translated by Patricia Szobar.

By: Mailander, Elissa [author.].
Contributor(s): Szobar, Patricia [translator.].
Material type: TextTextSeries: JSTOR eBooks.Publisher: East Lansing, Michigan : Michigan State University Press, 2015Copyright date: ©2015Description: 1 online resource (424 pages) : illustrations, tables, maps.Content type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 9781609174590; 1609174593; 1611861705; 9781611861709; 1628952318; 9781628952315; 1628962313; 9781628962314.Subject(s): Women concentration camp guards -- GermanyAdditional physical formats: Print version:: Female SS guards and workaday violence : the Majdanek Concentration Camp, 1942-1944.DDC classification: 940.53185 Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
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Mailänder's extraordinary book, originally published in Germany and funded for translation by a consortium of authorities despite their own past participation, peers deep into the ugly heart of Nazi brutality. The horrors of the concentration camps have been previously examined from all sides: the survivors, architects, governments--even, on rare occasions, through the eyes of the Nazi guards (Rudolf Hoss, Peri Broad, and Johann Kremer, KL Auschwitz Seen by the SS, 1978, and editors Ernst Klee, Willi Dressen, and Volker Riess, The "Good Old Days": The Holocaust as Seen by Its Perpetrators and Bystanders, 1991), but little work has been done on SS women in a concentration camp. This worthy book shows how frighteningly easy it was for some 28 low-level SS working women to go from their unit's creation in 1939 at the Ravensbrück women's camp to their unexpected transfer in the summer of 1942 to the Majdanek camp. Make no mistake, these are women whose already brutal behavior was molded by the "feminine culture" at Ravensbrück. Once they were transferred to the unregulated horrors of the eastern front, their behavior was amplified by competing male comrades to produce one of the worst death camps in Poland. Their story is a terrifying insight into the corruption of the Third Reich. Summing Up: Highly recommended. All levels/libraries. --Arnold Paul Krammer, Texas A&M University

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Elissa Mailänder is Associate Professor at the Centre d'histoire de Sciences Po and on the staff of the École des hautes études en sciences sociales and the Centre interdisciplinaire d'études et de recherches sur l'Allemagne in Paris. Formerly, she was a visiting fellow at the Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies in Washington D.C.<br> <br> Patricia Szobar is a writer and translator who lives in Berlin.

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