Masters of Death, The SS Einsatzgrupen and the Invention of the Holocaust, by Richard Rhodes
Published by Perseus in 2002, 335 pages. Paperback (N3430)
This book provides a detailed history of the special German police force and the killing fields of the Eastern front during the Second World War......
The book is based on new material available from Russian and other Eastern European archives from Baltic countries like Latvia. The SS Einsatzgruppen were a few thousand members of the special German police force, and they were the men who moved in just behind the German army in conquered territory and did the dirty work of "stabilizing" the population, a euphemism for the most ruthless killing spree of the century.
The furiosity of the violence in the East, the pure sadism of it, is astonishing, and this book documents the planning and execution of the programme in tragic detail, filling a gap in the history of the Third Reich and explaining motives that have seemed obscure if not incomprehensible.
Condition of the book is generally ok. The cover has some minor scuffs and blemishes, and some nibbling and wear along the edges, but the spine is intact and all pages are intact, unblemished and tightly bound. Their is some light creasing a handful of inside pages, and the book has slight spine roll