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Hitler Strikes Poland


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Alexander B. Rossino is a research historian at the Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum.


Drawing on a plethora of primary source materials both in the United States and Germany, Rossino, research historian at the Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, has written a powerful book describing Operation Tannenburg, the code name for the Nazi assault on Poland in 1939. An excellent companion volume to Christopher Browning's Ordinary Men and Richard Rhodes's Masters of Death, the book illustrates the extent of cooperation between the military and the police to initiate Germany's policies of genocide and ethnic cleansing. Rossino discusses the experiences of these policies at all levels, from the high command to the soldier in the ranks. Studded with capsule biographies of the unit commanders, the book successfully characterizes the type of German soldier involved in the initiation of the brutal policies pursued by the military throughout the war. An apt documentation of an ethnic war of extreme brutality, it is essential reading for everyone interested in this type of ideology and total war. Recommended for large history collections.-David Lee Poremba, Detroit P.L. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

"This valuable study reveals the ideological dimensions of Hitler's five-week conquest of Poland in September 1939. Rossino argues that `despite its brevity, the historical importance of the Polish campaign cannot be overestimated.' . . . With clear, vigorous prose and a significant thesis, Rossino's study gives us a new perspective on the German invasion of Poland as a `dress rehearsal' for yet greater, perfected barbarities to come."
-Central European History

"An invaluable introduction to a highly significant phase in National Socialist Germany's prosecution of its ideological policies during the Second World War. Specialists and novices alike will profit greatly from Rossino's work."
-Journal of Modern History

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