Ordinary Men

Reserve Police Battalion 101 and the Final Solution in Poland

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Ordinary Men

Reserve Police Battalion 101 and the Final Solution in Poland

  • 4.10 ·
  • 10 Ratings
  • 119 Want to read
  • 3 Currently reading
  • 13 Have read

Christopher R. Browning’s shocking account of how a unit of average middle-aged Germans became the cold-blooded murderers of tens of thousands of Jews.

Ordinary Men is the true story of Reserve Police Battalion 101 of the German Order Police, which was responsible for mass shootings as well as round-ups of Jewish people for deportation to Nazi death camps in Poland in 1942. Browning argues that most of the men of RPB 101 were not fanatical Nazis but, rather, ordinary middle-aged, working-class men who committed these atrocities out of a mixture of motives, including the group dynamics of conformity, deference to authority, role adaptation, and the altering of moral norms to justify their actions. Very quickly three groups emerged within the battalion: a core of eager killers, a plurality who carried out their duties reliably but without initiative, and a small minority who evaded participation in the acts of killing without diminishing the murderous efficiency of the battalion whatsoever.

While this book discusses a specific Reserve Unit during WWII, the general argument Browning makes is that most people succumb to the pressures of a group setting and commit actions they would never do of their own volition.

Ordinary Men is a powerful, chilling, and important work, with themes and arguments that continue to resonate today.

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Harper Perennial
Language
English
Pages
304

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Cover of: Ordinary men
Ordinary men: Reserve Police Battalion 101 and the final solution in Poland
1998, HarperPerennial
in English - 1st HarperPerennial ed., Reissued [with a new afterword by the author]
Cover of: Des hommes ordinaires
Des hommes ordinaires
Feb 20, 1994, BELLES LETTRES
Cover of: Ordinary Men
Ordinary Men: Reserve Police Battalion 101 and the Final Solution in Poland
March 17, 1993, Harper Perennial
Paperback in English
Cover of: Ordinary men
Ordinary men: Reserve Police Battalion 101 and the final solution in Poland
1992, HarperCollins
in English - 1st ed.

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First Sentence

"IN THE VERY EARLY HOURS OF JULY 13, 1942, THE MEN OF Reserve Police Battalion 101 were roused from their bunks in the large brick school building that served as their barracks in the Polish town of Bilgoraj."

The Physical Object

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Paperback
Number of pages
304
Dimensions
8.1 x 5.3 x 0.8 inches
Weight
8.2 ounces

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OL9240883M
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0060995068
ISBN 13
9780060995065
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20937
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647492

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