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Hitler's Police Battalions


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Edward B. Westermann is professor of comparative military theory at the School of Advanced Air and Space Studies and the author of Hitler's Police Battalions: Enforcing Racial War in the East (see page 31).


"Seminal. Westermann forcefully argues that it was the organizational culture of the uniformed police rather than German national culture that prepared them for their role in genocide.... A highly readable work for specialists, graduate students, and general readers alike." - Holocaust and Genocide Studies "Westermann adds another important piece to our growing understanding of how Nazi racial policy was implemented.... Illustrates the premeditated intent and success of SS leaders such as Heinrich Himmler and Kurt Daluege in transforming the men of the uniformed police into 'political soldiers' of the Nazi state." - America Historical Review "An excellent complement to - and extension of - the work begun by Christopher Browning on German police battalions [and] a well-written addition to the corpus of literature on Germany and the war, especially on the Eastern Front. It is essential for any student of that theater, and of German occupation policies." - World War II "A thoroughly objective account of one more cog in Hitler's killing machine." - German Studies Review"

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