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Networks of Nazi Persecution : Bureaucracy, Business and the Organization of the Holocaust - Gerald D. Feldman

Networks of Nazi Persecution

Bureaucracy, Business and the Organization of the Holocaust

By: Gerald D. Feldman (Editor), Wolfgang Seibel (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 30th January 2011
ISBN: 9781571811776
Number Of Pages: 392
For Ages: 1 - 17 years old

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The persecution and mass-murder of the Jews during World War II would not have been possible without the modern organization of division of labor. Moreover, the perpetrators were dependent on human and organizational resources they could not always control by hierarchy and coercion. Instead, the persecution of the Jews was based, to a large extent, on a web of inter-organizational relations encompassing a broad variety of non-hierarchical cooperation as well as rivalry and competition. Based on newly accessible government and corporate archives, this volume combines fresh evidence with an interpretation of the governance of persecution, presented by prominent historians and social scientists. Gerald D. Feldman was Professor of History and Director of the Institute of European Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. His special fields of interest were 20th-century German history, and he had a special interest in business history, most recently authoring a biography of Hugo Stinnes, participating in the history of the Deutsche Bank, and writing a history of the Allianz Insurance Company in the Nazi period. Wolfgang Seibel is Professor of Political Science at the University of Konstanz, Germany. Previous appointments include guest professorships at the Institute for Advanced Study, Vienna (1992), and the University of California at Berkeley (1994). He was also a temporary member of the School of Social Science (1989/90) and of the School of Historical Studies (2003) of the Institute of Advanced Study, Princeton. Currently (2004/2005) he is a fellow of the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin. His research is mainly devoted to issues of politics, public bureaucracy and non-governmental organizations.

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"The Berghahn series Studies on War and Genocide, in which this collection appears, has immeasurably enriched the English language scholarship available to scholars and students of genocide and, in particular, the Holocaust. This particular collection is no exception, and is another excellent, if contentious, addition to and summary of contemporary Holocaust scholarship.This is then a valuable collection that confirms some of the accepted ideas of Holocaust historiography, while also revising others. It will give access for the first time to many students and scholars to some perspectives not previously available in the English language. The diversity of those perspectives is testament to the vigour of contemporary Holocaust scholarship."--Totalitarian Movements and Political Religions.

Introduction : the Holocaust as division-of-labor-based crime - evidence and analytical challengesp. 1
Rivalry and competition
Introduction : rivalry and competitionp. 13
The SS security service and the Gestapo in the national socialist persecution of the Jews, 1933-1939p. 20
"Aryanization" and the role of the German great banks, 1933-1938p. 44
The looting of Jewish property and Franco-German rivalry, 1940-1944p. 69
Seizure of Jewish property and inter-agency rivalry in the Reich and in the occupied Soviet territoriesp. 88
The polycratic nature of art looting : the dynamic balance of the Third Reichp. 103
The Holocaust and corruptionp. 118
"Smooth cooperation"
Introduction : cooperation and collaborationp. 141
The looting of Jewish property and the German financial administrationp. 148
Organized looting : the Nazi seizure of Jewish property in the Netherlands, 1940-1945p. 168
Perpetrator networks and the Holocaust : the spoliation of Jewish property in France, 1940-1944p. 189
"Ethnic resettlement" and inter-agency cooperation in the occupied eastern territoriesp. 213
The "reibungslose" Holocaust? : the German military and civilian implementation of the "final solution" in Ukraine, 1941-1944p. 236
Decentral initiative and vertical integration
Introduction : a bureaucratic holocaust - toward a new consensusp. 259
Local initiatives, central coordination : German municipal administration and the Holocaustp. 269
The Reichskristallnacht and the insurance industry : the politics of damage controlp. 295
"Structure," "agency," and the logic of radicalization
More than just a metaphor : the network concept and its potential in Holocaust researchp. 321
Restraining or radicalizing? : division of labor and persecution effectivenessp. 340
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ISBN: 9781571811776
ISBN-10: 157181177X
Series: Studies on War and Genocide
Audience: General
For Ages: 1 - 17 years old
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 392
Published: 30th January 2011
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 2.24
Weight (kg): 0.69