From Publishers Weekly
With liberal quotes from letters, diaries and military reports, Bartov successfully challenges the notion that the German army during WW II was apolitical and reveals how thoroughly permeated it was by Nazi ideology. Focusing on ordinary German soldiers on the Eastern front, he shows how government propaganda and indoctrination motivated the troops not only to fight well but to commit unprecedented crimes against humanity. This institutionalized brainwashing revolved around two interrelated elements: the radical demonization of the Soviet enemy and the deification of the fuhrer. Consequently, most of the troops believed the war in the Eastern theater was a struggle to dam the Jewish/Bolshevik/Asiatic flood that threatened Western civilization. This scholarly paper by a junior fellow with the Society of Fellows, Harvard University, demonstrates how Germany's soldiers were transformed into brutal instruments of a barbarous policy.
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Revue de presse
'exciting and provocative essay ... This book is a chilling reminder of how rapidly State-led violence can degenerate into military barbarism, no less in Iraq or Kampuchea than in Hitler's war' Richard Overy, The Observer
'a well-researched, gripping account of the Wehrmacht's titanic efforts to win Hitler's war despite the blunder of invading Russia' Anglo-German Review
'an impressively researched and imaginatively presented contribution' George H. Stein, State University of New York, American Historical Review, October 1992
`a stimulating work about the problem of military solidarity and its relation to fighting efficiency.' Sociology
'A sombre account, using much first-hand evidence.' The Observer
a frightening analysis of the effect of continuous criminal propaganda on the rank-and-file of an army (Christopher Logue, The Guardian