An Uncompromising Generation: The Nazi Leadership of the Reich Security Main Office

Paperback | January 11, 2010

byMichael WildtTranslated byTom Lampert

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In An Uncompromising Generation, Michael Wildt follows the journey of a strikingly homogenous group of young academics—who came from the educated, bourgeois stratum of society—as they started to identify with the Nazi concept of Volksgemeinschaft, which labeled Jews as enemies of the people and justified their murder.
    Wildt’s study traces the intellectual evolution of key members of the Reich Security Main Office (RSHA) from their days as students until the end of World War II. Established in 1939, this office fused together the Gestapo, the Criminal Police, and the Sicherheitsdienst (Security Service) of the SS. Far from being small cogs in a big bureaucratic machine, Wildt finds that the people who made up the RSHA constructed the concepts and operated the apparatus that carried out the Holocaust.
    At the center of both theory and practice of persecution and genocide in Nazi-occupied Europe, these young men of the RSHA—none of whom envisioned the systematic annihilation of the European Jews—became radicalized. How this occurred is the central question of Wildt’s book. Wildt also discusses the postwar careers of the members of the RSHA. Strikingly, he shows how the leaders of the RSHA evaded the consequences of their actions under the Nazi regime and went on to have important careers in the rebuilt West Germany.

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In An Uncompromising Generation, Michael Wildt follows the journey of a strikingly homogenous group of young academics—who came from the educated, bourgeois stratum of society—as they started to identify with the Nazi concept of Volksgemeinschaft, which labeled Jews as enemies of the people and justified their murder.    Wildt’s study ...

Michael Wildt is a research fellow at the Hamburg Institute for Social Research and associate professor of modern history at the University of Hamburg, Germany. Tom Lampert is a freelance translator and writer who lives in Bad Kreuznach, Germany.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:592 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.6 inPublished:January 11, 2010Publisher:University of Wisconsin PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0299234649

ISBN - 13:9780299234645

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations   
List of Abbreviations       

Introduction to the English Edition       

Part 1. Generation
1. The Experience of War       
2. Student Radicalism       
3. A Young German Elite: The Black Hand in Leipzig       
4. 1933       

Part 2. Institution
5. Conceptualizing the Reich Security Main Office       
6. Structure and Staff       

Part 3. War
7. Poland 1939: The Experience of Racist Mass Murder       
8. Expulsion 1940       
9. Einsatzgruppen in the Soviet Union       
10. Zenith and Decline       

Part 4. Epilogue
11. Postwar: Back in Civil Society   
12. Prosecution   

Conclusion   

Notes       
Index       

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“An indispensable and provocative study of key members of the RSHA that focuses on their intellectual evolution from university students to practitioners of mass murder.”—Choice