Though most were convicted, only five received prison terms ranging from five to eight yearswhich were subsequently reduced in the course of a lengthy appeals process. Their task was complicated by the way that "Goldhagen's book [had] neither a bibliography nor a listing of archival sources".
For a time inthe Madagascar Planin which, after Germany defeated BritainFrance was to cede Madagascar to Germany, and then all of the Jews of Europe were to be expelled to that island, was considered as an option.
We might assume that ordinary citizens were so terrified of retribution from the vicious Nazi regime that they reluctantly went along with it. Arms raised, hands clasped behind their necks, totally naked, they were led in groups from the barracks through a hole cut in the fence to the trenches that had been dug behind the camp.
Hilberg, to whom Browning dedicated his monograph, wrote that "Goldhagen has left us with the image of a medieval-like incubus, a demon latent in the German mind In MayPolice Battalion was sent home to Hamburg, where it was totally reconstituted. For the next twelve months the new battalion underwent extensive training in and around Hamburg.
It may have been fifty to sixty cars, if not more. But the truth is far more disturbing than that. Around the globe there have been dozens of self-declared fascist movements and a good deal more that go by different labelsand few of them have embraced Nazi-style genocide.
That view was the mainspring of what was, in essence, voluntary barbarism. It required a state. Goldhagen cites numerous instances of gratuitous and voluntaristic killing of Jews as relevant to assessing the attitudes of the killers.
Initially, the Police Battalion German: The Path to Genocide: The sheer number of people involved made it logistically impossible. Six months after its arrival, only about a quarter were still alive. Gnade's first sergeant later said: This group of policemen, most of them from Hamburg, was made up of truly ordinary men.
The Jews, mostly women and children, were then brought to the nearby forest in trucks. But they never had a chance.
What is needed to make someone take an action that is different from the actions of the rest of a group? Then ten or twelve other men stepped forward as well. One, a tailor, discovered that the mother and daughter he had been assigned were German Jews from Kassel, apparently deported to Poland some time before; others encountered Jews from their hometown of Hamburg.
Or must they also feel hatred for their victims?Reserve Police Battalion was a Nazi German paramilitary formation of Ordnungspolizei (Order Police), serving under the control of the SS by law.  Formed in Hamburg, it was deployed in September along with the Wehrmacht army in the invasion of Poland.
Reserve Police Battalion was a Nazi German paramilitary formation of Ordnungspolizei (Order Police, abbreviated as Orpo), serving under the control of the SS by law.
Formed in Hamburg, it was deployed in September along with the Wehrmacht army in the invasion of lietuvosstumbrai.comance: Nazi Germany, the SS. Reserve Police Battalion was a unit of the German Order Police [Ordnungspolizei or Orpo] that during the Nazi occupation of Poland played a central role in the implementation of the Final Solution against the Jewish people and the repression of the Polish population.
the Reserve Police Battalion members are used as sources. Secondary sources include When Light Pierced the Darkness: Christian Rescue of Jews in Nazi-Occupied Poland by Nechama Tec, Unanswered Questions: Nazi Germany and the Genocide of the Jews by Raul Hillberg, and Into That Darkness by Gitta Sereny.
Hitler's Willing Executioners: Reserve Police Battalion and the Final Solution in Poland. A Study of Their Behavior and the Causation of Genocide, won the American Political Science Association's Gabriel A. Almond Award for the best dissertation in the field of comparative politics.
Christopher R. Browning, Ordinary Men: Reserve Police Battalion and the Final Solution in Poland (New York: HarperCollins, ). Browning's outstanding [End Page ] book provides a relevant comparison to Neighbors in terms of the body of sources, methodology, and conclusions.Download