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Christopher Browning's Ordinary Men - Reserve Police Batallion 101 and the Final Solution in Poland-logo

Christopher Browning's Ordinary Men - Reserve Police Batallion 101 and the Final Solution in Poland

Christopher Browning

Before Browning’s 1992 book, most Holocaust scholarship focused either on the experience of the victims or on the Nazi political ideology driving the slaughter. Browning investigates something else: the men who carried out acts of extreme violence. Who were they? How could they end up committing such unspeakable acts? Focusing on one unexceptional regiment of German reservists, Police Battalion 101, Browning shows that, while their orders to kill appalled them at first, a combination of reluctance to challenge authority and peer pressure enabled them to face their gruesome task. These men were not driven by ideology. Rather than being moral monsters, Browning insists that most were simply “ordinary men.”

Before Browning’s 1992 book, most Holocaust scholarship focused either on the experience of the victims or on the Nazi political ideology driving the slaughter. Browning investigates something else: the men who carried out acts of extreme violence. Who were they? How could they end up committing such unspeakable acts? Focusing on one unexceptional regiment of German reservists, Police Battalion 101, Browning shows that, while their orders to kill appalled them at first, a combination of reluctance to challenge authority and peer pressure enabled them to face their gruesome task. These men were not driven by ideology. Rather than being moral monsters, Browning insists that most were simply “ordinary men.”
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Genres:

History

Description:

Before Browning’s 1992 book, most Holocaust scholarship focused either on the experience of the victims or on the Nazi political ideology driving the slaughter. Browning investigates something else: the men who carried out acts of extreme violence. Who were they? How could they end up committing such unspeakable acts? Focusing on one unexceptional regiment of German reservists, Police Battalion 101, Browning shows that, while their orders to kill appalled them at first, a combination of reluctance to challenge authority and peer pressure enabled them to face their gruesome task. These men were not driven by ideology. Rather than being moral monsters, Browning insists that most were simply “ordinary men.”

Language:

English

Narrators:

James Chappel, Macat.com

Length:

1h 37m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

10:03


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

06:50


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

07:42


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

06:51


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

07:54


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

07:49


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

06:40


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

06:25


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

07:55


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

07:00


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

06:41


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

07:51


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

07:22