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Hitler's prisons: legal terror in Nazi Germany

Wachsmann, Nikolaus (2004) Hitler's prisons: legal terror in Nazi Germany. London: Yale University Press. ISBN 9780300102505.

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Abstract

State prisons played an indispensable part in the terror of the Third Reich, incarcerating many hundreds of thousands of men and women during the Nazi era. This important book illuminates the previously unknown world of Nazi prisons, their victims, and the judicial and penal officials who built and operated this system of brutal legal terror. Nikolaus Wachsmann describes the operation and function of legal terror in the Third Reich and brings Nazi prisons to life through the harrowing stories of individual inmates. Drawing on a vast array of archival materials, he traces the series of changes in prison policies and practice that led eventually to racial terror, brutal violence, slave labour, starvation, and mass killings. Wachsmann demonstrates that "ordinary" legal officials were ready collaborators who helped to turn courts and prisons into key components in the Nazi web of terror. And he concludes with a discussion of the whitewash of the Nazi legal system in post-war West Germany. Book description from publisher's website: http://www.yalebooks.co.uk/

Item Type: Book
Additional Information: Royal Historical Society Gladstone History Book Prize winner. Longman-History Today Book of the Year Award (joint winner). Translated into German and Dutch. The author was lecturer in modern European history at Sheffield University when this book was published.
School or Research Centre: Birkbeck Schools and Research Centres > School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy > History, Classics and Archaeology
Depositing User: Ms Karyn Gowlett
Date Deposited: 24 Sep 2009 15:26
Last Modified: 17 Apr 2013 12:16
URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/804

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