Dachau and the SS: A Schooling in Violence by Christopher DillonDachau and the SS: A Schooling in Violence by Christopher Dillon

Dachau and the SS: A Schooling in Violence

byChristopher Dillon

Paperback | October 13, 2016

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Dachau and the SS studies the concentration camp guards at Dachau, the first concentration camp and a national 'school' of violence for its concentration camp personnel. Set up in the first months of Adolf Hitler's rule, Dachau was a bastion of the Nazi 'revolution' and a key springboard forthe ascent of Heinrich Himmler and the SS to control of the Third Reich's terror and policing apparatus. Throughout the pre-war era of Nazi Germany, Dachau functioned as an academy of violence where concentration camp personnel were schooled in steely resolution and the techniques of terror. Aninternational symbol of Nazi depredation, Dachau was the cradle of a new and terrible spirit of destruction. Combining extensive new research into the pre-war history of Dachau with theoretical insights from studies of perpetrator violence, this volume offers the first systematic study of the 'Dachau School'. It explores the backgrounds and socialization of thousands of often very young SS men in the campand critiques the assumption that violence was an outcome of personal or ideological pathologies. Christopher Dillon analyses recruitment to the Dachau SS and evaluates the contribution of ideology, training, social psychology, and masculine ideals to the conduct and subsequent careers ofconcentration camp guards. Graduates of the Dachau School would go on to play a central role in the wartime criminality of the Third Reich, particularly at Auschwitz. Dachau and the SS makes an original contribution to scholarship on the prehistory of the Holocaust and the institutionalorganization of violence.
Prior to joining the department as a Lecturer in Modern European History in 2012, Christopher Dillon taught at the University of London's Birkbeck, Queen Mary, and Goldsmiths colleges. He studied for his PhD at Birkbeck (awarded in 2011) as part of an AHRC-funded project on the pre-war National Socialist concentration camps, having rec...
Title:Dachau and the SS: A Schooling in ViolenceFormat:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.03 inPublished:October 13, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198794525

ISBN - 13:9780198794523

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. 'We'll Meet Again in Dachau': The Early Dachau SS2. The Dachau Guard Troops3. The Dachau Commandant Staff4. The Dachau SS and the Prisoners5. 'Tolerance Means Weakness': The Dachau SS and Masculinity6. The Dachau SS and the LocalityEpilogueAppendix: SS ranks

Editorial Reviews

`Dillon has produced a highly readable history of the Dachau SS units during the prewar years that offers a great deal of new information and is recommended reading for everyone who is interested in the connection between violence and masculinity under National Socialism.' Marc Buggeln, American Historical Review