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

By Christopher Dillon

Dachau and the SS reviews the focus camp guards at Dachau, the 1st SS focus camp and a countrywide 'school' of violence for its focus camp body of workers. organize within the first months of Adolf Hitler's rule, Dachau was once a bastion of the Nazi 'revolution' and a key springboard for the ascent of Heinrich Himmler and the SS to regulate of the 3rd Reich's terror and policing gear. during the pre-war period of Nazi Germany, Dachau functioned as an academy of violence the place focus camp group of workers have been schooled in steely solution and the suggestions of terror. a global image of Nazi depredation, Dachau used to be the cradle of a brand new and negative spirit of destruction.
Combining broad new study into the pre-war historical past of Dachau with theoretical insights from reviews of wrongdoer violence, this booklet bargains the 1st systematic learn of the 'Dachau School'. It explores the backgrounds and socialization of millions of usually very younger SS males within the camp and evaluations the idea that violence was once an final result of non-public or ideological pathologies. Christopher Dillon analyses recruitment to the Dachau SS and evaluates the contribution of ideology, education, social psychology and masculine beliefs to the behavior and next careers of focus camp guards. Graduates of the Dachau college might cross directly to play a crucial position within the wartime criminal activity of the 3rd Reich, quite at Auschwitz. Dachau and the SS makes an unique contribution to scholarship at the pre-history of the Holocaust and the institutional supplier of violence.

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See David Clay Large, ‘The Politics of Law and Order: A History of the Bavarian Einwohnerwehr, 1918–1921’, Transactions of the American Philosophical Society, Vol. 70, No. 2 (1980), pp. 1–87, here p. 16. On the genocide of the Herero, see especially Gesine Krüger, Kriegsbewältigung und Geschichtsbewusstsein: Realität, Deutung und Verarbeitung des deutschen Kolonialkrieges in Namibia 1904 bis 1907 (Göttingen, 1999) and Isabella Hull, Absolute Destruction: Military Culture and Practices of War in Imperial Germany (Ithaca and London, 2005).

If they want war’, he intoned, ‘we are ready for them. We have the example of the Bavarian Räterepublik. ’147 On 9 March the national wave of ‘coordination’ reached Bavaria, the last-remaining German state with an independent federal government. 148 Bavarian Prime Minister Heinrich Held was forced by Frick to resign. In his place an iconic civil warrior from 1919 re-entered the scene; for Ritter von Epp, hero of the Freikorps’ bloodbath in Munich, was now appointed Reich Commissioner for Bavaria.

Little more initially than a devoted band of Analysis (London, 1983); Richard Bessel, Political Violence and the Rise of Nazism: The Storm Troopers in Eastern Germany 1925–1934 (Yale, 1984); and Peter Longerich, Die braunen Bataillone: Geschichte der SA (Munich, 1989). An outstanding work both on SA violence and its Italian inspiration is Sven Reichardt, Faschistische Kampfbünde: Gewalt und Gemeinschaft im italienischen Squadrismus und in der deutschen SA (Cologne, 2002).  529–91. For an interesting account of the attendant Weimar judicial contortions, see Bejamin Carter Hett, Crossing Hitler: The Man Who Put the Nazis on the Witness Stand (Oxford, 2008), pp.

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