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Murderous Intellectuals

  • Nov 9, 2009
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I think when it comes to something as unfathomable as the holocaust the average person tends to make a lot of assumptions. We assume that the Nazi party was fronted by crazed lunatics who coerced and forced others to do their evil bidding. We also tell ourselves that these high ranking individuals were egotists, fanatic racists, and the dregs of society bend on genocide and world domination.

Perhaps some of these characterizations are apt or somewhat apt for some individuals in the SS elite. However, the terrifying truth is that many of these people were intelligent, rational, educated people who were well respected in German society. Many of these individuals saw the SS as an opportunity to further their career or political aspirations and volunteered their services. A good number took pride in their work and were diligent, organized, and creative.

Maybe it's easier for us to believe that such cruelty could only happen when pure evil is in charge. That only the insane or ill informed could possibly commit genocide. It's far too horrible to believe that normal people could allow such things to happen let alone participate in some small or large way.

Murderous Intellectuals is a very well researched and written book. It's extremely eye opening to find out the backgrounds of key individuals of the SS. People do things, even horrible things, for a variety of reasons. These issues are complex and there are no easy answers.

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I read Jonathan Maxwell's book MURDEROUS INTELLECTUALS with little expectation, but left it feeling like I had just been reminded of an important chapter in humanity's history. Sometimes we forget how the mind's beauty can be used to do horrific things not just to ourselves but those around us. What Maxwell has done is taken the reader into the motivations of those who committed the horrific deeds in Nazi Germany but how that same mindset can be manifested today.    As someone …
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Jonathan Maxwell s compellingly readable book takes the reader inside Nazi Germany on many different levels. The book provides a portrait of a people and a country in continuous flux, from the events that led to Hitler s popularity, to the Hitler Youth movement, to the embrace of national socialism, to Hitler s warped inner circle. A fine piece of work, Maxwell s book will appeal to general readers interested in the inherent drama of Hitler s unnerving rise to power and his subsequent apocalyptic fall. --Jean Sasson, New York Times bestselling author
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ISBN-10: 1589825632
ISBN-13: 978-1589825635
Author: Jonathan Maxwell
Publisher: American Book Publishing

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