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Ordinary Men

Reserve Police Battalion 101 and the Final Solution in Poland
Sprecher: Kevin Gallagher
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Kategorien: Geschichte, Europa
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“A remarkable - and singularly chilling - glimpse of human behavior...This meticulously researched book...represents a major contribution to the literature of the Holocaust." (Newsweek)

Now available in audio for the first time, Christopher R. Browning’s shocking account of how a unit of average middle-aged Germans became the cold-blooded murderers of tens of thousands of Jews - now with a new afterword and additional photographs. 

Ordinary Men is the true story of Reserve Police Battalion 101 of the German Order Police, which was responsible for mass shootings as well as round-ups of Jewish people for deportation to Nazi death camps in Poland in 1942. Browning argues that most of the men of RPB 101 were not fanatical Nazis but, rather, ordinary middle-aged, working-class men who committed these atrocities out of a mixture of motives, including the group dynamics of conformity, deference to authority, role adaptation, and the altering of moral norms to justify their actions. 

Very quickly three groups emerged within the battalion: a core of eager killers, a plurality who carried out their duties reliably but without initiative, and a small minority who evaded participation in the acts of killing without diminishing the murderous efficiency of the battalion whatsoever. While this book discusses a specific Reserve Unit during WWII, the general argument Browning makes is that most people succumb to the pressures of a group setting and commit actions they would never do of their own volition.  

Ordinary Men is a powerful, chilling, and important work with themes and arguments that continue to resonate today.  

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2017 Christopher R. Browning (P)2020 HarperAudio

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A fascinating book with a flawed narrator

The book, its general topic and its suggested conclusions are absolutely fascinating - especially for a German like me, who experienced his own grandfather as one of the kindest and unprejudiced people on the planet, only to learn of his involvement in WWII, after his death. However, this book is not just for people interested in WWII out the Nazi regime. I wouldn't even say it's primarily for them. This book is for everybody who wants to even begin to understand human morality and their own moral fragility. If every 19-year-old were required to read this book and discuss its implications, the world would be a better place. My only gripe with this audio version is the narrator. He has an great voice and it's a pleasure to listen to him - until he tries to speak German. His German accent is extremely poor, to the extent that I can't understand what he's saying, and even someone who doesn't speak a word of German can hear how clumsy his efforts sound like. I've taught German to various English speakers and can attest that it is possible to develop a better accent within a week. The producer of this audio book should have either used a narrator who can already speak at least some German or given the narrator three hours with a German coach, to get him prepped. I've only taken 1 star from the performance, since the rest of the narration is absolutely on point.

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