The men of Battalion committed mass murder because they were caught up in brutal, polarizing war, they were told time and time again the Jews were less than human, and most importantly they did not want to become isolated from the group of men they saw as comrades-in-arms.
At this point in the book, Browning brings us back to the cliffhanger moment he ended the first chapter. For more information, see: Would I call them Ordinary Men? Did they not speak of it because antisemitism had not been a motivating factor?
Like any other unit, Reserve Police Battalion killed the Jews they had been told to kill.
He surmises that the very small number of men 13 out of who took Trapp up on his offer can be explained, in part, by the suddenness of the offer. Raised in Hamburg, Battalion was one of thirteen police formations that were put at the disposal of the German army during its invasion of Poland in September All of the platoons took part in at least one more shooting action.
Here is what I write in my syllabi: After the towns and ghettos of the northern Lublin district had been cleared, the Battalion was ordered to find and murder any Jews who escaped or hid during the earlier round-ups. Not only did they try to deny personal responsibility, being that they did indeed have some level of choice of whether they were going to participate in the shootings or not, but they actively tried to justify their actions.
Beginning in mid-July with the round-up of Jews in the town of Jozefow near Bilgoraj, members of Police Battalion were utilized for the mass shooting of Jewish civilians in towns throughout the Lublin district.
After several attempts to subvert the Treaty of Versailles, the election of the Nazi party into power, and the incorporation of police paramilitary units into the regular army, the Order Police gradually came into being.
People sure can suck. The following chapters, from 2 through 6, chart the creation of the Order Police in the aftermath of World War I, and its early tasks in the first years of World War II, when its numbers swelled as thousands of German men volunteered, some to avoid the draft and front-line service, others with the hope of post-war career advancement in the Police.
Essays on launching the Final Solution, Cambridge: Around a dozen men did so, including Lieutenant Heinz Buchmann, who would do his best over the next year to avoid taking part in other killing actions.
In a speech given in Paris inBrowning summarized the state of the historiography as follows: The breaking point, if there was one, was not the same.According to Browning, the Jozefow Massacre—the first time the men of Reserve Police Battalion are ordered to kill Jews—was an extremely traumatic event for all the men involved.
Many men in the unit had difficulty killing unarmed civilians and the elimination of the towns Jews was only accomplished with great difficulty. Reserve Police Battalion was made up of the German equivalent of city policemen and county sheriffs.
It was assigned to the district of Lublin in Poland. Like the National Guard in the United States, these German battalions were organized regionally.
Ordinary Men: Reserve Police Battalion and the Final Solution in Poland Christopher Robert Browning (born May 22, ) is an American historian, known best for his works on the Holocaust.
Browning received his bachelor's degree from Oberlin College in and his doctorate from the University of Wisconsin–Madison in Why, according to Christopher Browning, did the men of Reserve Police Battalion participate in the murder of Jews in Poland?
Briefly summarize Browning's main argument in your own words? There were several different social factors that caused the men of Reserve Police Battalion to become killers. Ordinary Men: Reserve Police Battalion and the Final Solution in Poland Christopher Robert Browning (born May 22, ) is an American historian, known best for his works on the Holocaust.
Browning received his bachelor's degree from Oberlin College in and his doctorate from the University of Wisconsin–Madison in Ordinary Men: Reserve Police Battalion and the Final Solution in Poland - Ebook written by Christopher R.
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