Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Day 14: a non-fiction book

This is one of those books I had to read at UW that has really stuck with me. It's a profile of the members of the German Reserve Police Battalion 101, and how these ordinary men became Hitler's tools. Definitely not a cheery read, but it makes you think. It makes you examine human nature, how group mentality can change your values and perceptions of right and wrong. It offers some examples of officers who didn't follow orders, who held on to their humanity and refused to kill--which I'd never heard about anywhere else. It's not apologetic or revisionist, it just paints a more complete & complex picture of the people who carried out (willingly or not) Hitler's "final solution."

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