Hitler's First Victims

Hitler's First Victims

The Quest for Justice

eBook - 2014
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From the author of the widely praised Hitler's Private Library: the remarkable story of Josef Hartinger, the German prosecutor who risked everything to bring to justice the first Nazi killers of the Holocaust. The prosecution at the Nuremberg trials was charged with proving that the monstrous acts of the SS were not, as the defendants argued, a case of foot soldiers performing "normal duty." A key argument focused on the first killings by SS guards in the Dachau concentration camp in 1933. Now, Timothy Ryback's gripping and poignant historical narrative focuses on those events and on the investigation that followed, which exposed not only the earliest evidence of the machinery of the Holocaust, but also the remarkable courage of Josef Hartinger, a local Munich prosecutor, who openly challenged these first homicidal impulses of the Third Reich. Ryback describes Hartinger's willingness to risk everything in an unflinching pursuit of justice. And he makes clear that while Hartinger's fight couldn't stop the Nazi atrocity, his story suggests how vastly different history might have been had others acted with equal determination and personal courage.
Publisher: New York : Knopf, 2014
ISBN: 9780385352925
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc


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ChristchurchLib Jan 12, 2015

Early in 1933, Adolf Hitler began to escalate his campaign to eliminate Jews and suppress dissent in Germany. A prison camp in Dachau began receiving large numbers of inmates (most of whom were Jews), and Bavarian state prosecutors received reports of suspicious deaths. Joseph Hartinger, a young lawyer in the prosecutor's office, investigated the killings despite warnings from higher-ups to leave the matter alone. Several SS guards at the camp were subsequently dismissed. Hitler's First Victims provides a compelling account of one man's remarkable attempt to block Hitler, and asks the question, what if more people had taken a stand like Hartinger did in 1933? History and Current Events January 2015 newsletter.

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