Friday, August 16, 2002

What I'm reading now:

Masters of Death: The SS-Einsatzgruppen and the Invention of the Holocaust by Richard Rhodes

I just started this fascinating book and will be reviewing it for the Free-Times. Interesting and enlightening, among other things, on the use and abuse of group psychology, and the way the Third Reich could "socialize" ordinary men into butchers. The book describes ethnic cleansing at its absolute worst, as this special "task force" of Hitler fans out into Eastern Europe, routinely shooting, bludgeoning, raping and burning every Jewish family in site. All Holocaust literature raises the question of how one can possibly begin to grasp the depths of such evil, and this book is no different. You become inundated with numbers and it begins to numb you almost: a hundred Jews shot here, hundreds more bludgeoned to death by villagers, thousands of men and women led to mass graves.

More to say later, but I'm taking copious notes.

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