Family Punishment In Nazi Germany: Sippenhaft, Terror and Myth by R. Loeffel

Family Punishment In Nazi Germany: Sippenhaft, Terror and Myth

byR. Loeffel

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In the Third Reich, political dissidents were not the only ones liable to be punished for their crimes. Their parents, siblings and relatives also risked reprisals. This concept - known as Sippenhaft – was based in ideas of blood and purity. This definitive study surveys the threats, fears and infliction of this part of the Nazi system of terror.

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DR ROBERT LOEFFEL was born in Sydney, Australia. He studied and taught at the University of New South Wales, where he holds a Visiting Research Fellowship. His research is focussed on German and Australian contemporary history. He has published in various journals including Contemporary European History and German History.

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Title:Family Punishment In Nazi Germany: Sippenhaft, Terror and MythFormat:HardcoverDimensions:272 pages, 8.5 × 5.51 × 0.02 inPublished:May 29, 2012Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan UKLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Sippenhaft, Terror and Fear: The Historiography of the Nazi Terror State
The Consent and Coercion Debate
Method of Transmission
Importance of Rumour in Nazi Germany
Outline of this Book
A Word on Sources
Conclusion
PART I: SIPPENHAFT AND GERMAN SOCIETY, 1933-1945
Sippenhaft and the Rise to Power
Sippenhaft and Resistance during Second World War
The German Home Front after Stalingrad
Conclusion
PART II: 'IMPRISONMENT OF RELATIVES, LIFE OR LIBERTY' SIPPENHAFT AND THE WEHRMACHT
The Foundation of Sippenhaft in the Wehrmacht
Sippenhaft and the Wehrmacht, 1939-1944
Sippenhaft against Volksdeutche Germans
Sippenhaft after the 20 July 1944
Codification of Terror
Conclusion
PART III: SIPPENHAFT AND THE NKFD AND THE BDO
Background
The German Reaction
Cherkassy
Effect of 20 July 1944 181
The Limits of Sippenhaft
Sippenhaft and the Political Significance of the NKFD and BDO
Conclusion
PART IV: 'IF A MAN IN THIS REICH IS UNTRUE, THEN HE AND HIS FAMILY WILL BE PUNISHED'
Sippenhaft and the 20 July 1944
Establishing Sippenhaft and 20 July 1944
Sippenhaft put into Effect
Continuing Rhetoric, Fear, Expansion and Limitations of Sippenhaft
The Fate of the von Stauffenberg Family
The Transformation of Sippenhaft and the 20 July 1944
Challenging Terror: Interventions, Representations and Release
Confusion and Fear
Those that Remained in Sippenhaft Detention
Conclusion
PART V: SIPPENHAFT KINDERHEIM: THE CHILDREN IN BAD SACHSA
The Sippenhaft Prisoners of Bad Sachsa
Life in the Camp: Determining Intention
A Change of Plan
Conclusion
Bibliography

Editorial Reviews

"This book aims to show the contribution that Sippenhaft or family liability punishment made to the Nazi system of terror. Loeffel argues convincingly that part of the effectiveness of the punishment was its lack of codification. Overall, this book contributes much to our understanding of state power and terror in the Third Reich. Loeffel ably demonstrates how, at all levels, the punishment of Sippenhaft was used 'to instill fear and maintain compliance among German citizens'." - Lisa Pine, London South Bank University, German History"This new and original study goes a very long way to clarifying just what Sippenhaft in Nazi Germany was and how it was applied. It makes it clear that there was much more to the practice of Sippenhaft in Nazi Germany than the arrest of the family members of the conspirators involved in the 20 July 1944 plot on Hitler's life. Overall, this is an impressive piece of work which opens the way for comparative studies of Sippenhaft in other regimes." - Australian Journal of Politics and History"Punishment of family members, with its emphasis on blood, was ideologically appealing to the regime and terrifying to any family man. This excellent and impressively supported book . . . ties Nazi family punishment to the "consent-coercion" debate, which reveals that the balance between dictatorial control and public enthusiasm tips increasingly toward the public. Recommended." Professor Arnold Krammer, Texas A&M University, Choice "Robert Loeffel's new book examines the Nazi use of Sippenhaft, or family punishment, as a lens through which to view the broader implementation of terror in German society . . . Loeffel's book draws attention to an understudied area and contributes to ongoing historiographical debates about Nazi efforts to control German society and the military during World War Two." - Michelle Mouton, University of Wisconsin, American Historical Review