How was the Gestapo able to detect the smallest signs of non-compliance with Nazi doctrines--especially "crimes" pertaining to the private spheres of social, family, and sexual life? How could the police enforce policies such as those designed to isolate Jews, or the foreign workers brought to Germany after 1939, with such apparent ease? Addressing these questions, Gellately argues that the key factor in the successful enforcement of Nazi racial policy was the willingness of German citizens to provide authorities with information about suspected "criminality." He demonstrates that without some degree of popular participation in the operation of institutions such as the Gestapo, the regime would have been seriously hampered in the "realization of the unthinkable," not only inside Germany but also in many of the occupied countries. Offering an intriguing examination of the everyday operations of the Gestapo and the product of extensive archival research, this incisive study surveys the experiences of areas across Germany, drawing out national, local, and regional implications.
`well-researched. As a result, Gellately is able to demonstrate the continuity between the Gestapo and the pre-fascist police.' Living Marxism
`This is a most impressive book - well-organized, clearly written, balanced in its judgments. It breaks new ground in our understanding of the relations between the Third Reich and the German population and hence of the regime's effectiveness.' Times Higher Education Supplement
well-written and scholarly ... fascinating but amazingly neglected subject ... this book deserves a wide readership'
`meticulous analysis ... has brought some fascinating and disturbing material to light, and raised a whole new set of questions'
`This convincingly argued and meticulously researched and documented book makes an important contribution to redressing the balance ... fascinating and original contribution to the social and administrative history of the Third Reich.' Charlie Jeffery, University of Leicester, Politics and Society in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, Vol 4 No.1, 1991
`One of the book's strengths is the wealth of individual case material presented, which makes it fascinating, if depressing, reading ... this is a substantial study which makes an important contribution to the social and institutional history of the Third Reich and to research on the fate of the Jews.' Elizabeth Harvey, University of Liverpool, Patterns of Prejudice, Vol. 25, No. 1, 1991
`This convincingly argued and meticulously researched and documented book makes an important contribution ... fascinating and original contributon to the social and administrative history of the Third Reich.' Charlie Jeffery, University of Leicester, Politics and Society in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland, 1. 1991
`Robert Gellately's well-researched and clearly organized study is based on the surviving records from the Lower Franconia region of Bavaria ... as a stimulating and suggestive analysis of the secret police's role in enforcing the Nazi regime's racial policy, this book is unlikely to be surpassed.' Geoff Stoakes, European History Quarterly
'... impressive study ... This is more than a regional study. Professor Gellately also draws on material from other parts of Germany, notably the Ruhr, to set his work firmly in a national context. This is a sad but convincing book which will deservedly attract a wide readership.'
Conan Fischer University of Strathclyde EHR Shorter Notices April '94
List of maps; List of tables; Abbreviations and glossary; Introduction; I. The Gestapo: The emergence of the Gestapo; Local organization of the Gestapo and police network; II. German Society: Würzburg and Lower Franconia before 1933; Anti-Jewish actions in Lower Franconia after 1933; III. Enforcing Racial Policy: The Gestapo and social co-operation: the example of political denunciation; Racial policy and varieties of non-compliance; Compliance through
prssure; 'Racially foreign': racial policy and Polish workers; Conclusion; Epilogue; Bibliography; Index