- Taschenbuch: 272 Seiten
- Verlag: Skyhorse Publishing; Auflage: Reprint (1. Juli 2013)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 1620876310
- ISBN-13: 978-1620876312
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 14 x 14 x 21 cm
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The SS Dirlewanger Brigade: The History of the Black Hunters (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 1. Juli 2013
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"A terrifying and passionate book that is infinitely disturbing." --Thomas Wieder
"Invites an original and stimulating take on the violence perpetrated by the Nazis."
Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende
Christian Ingrao is the director of research at l'Institut d'Histoire du Temps Present (Institute of History of Present Times). He teaches at the Ecole Polytechnique and at the Ecole Normale Superieure de Cachan (ENS Cachan). He lives in France.Phoebe Green is a writer and translator living in Paris, France.
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This book is short and was probably written as a Doctoral thesis. The author tried to write it with a sociological/psychological slant rather than a straight history of the unit. That works in some places but reads like filler in others. He used three primary sources and filled in the rest with other research.
The author admits the source material is spotty and for some periods of time there is no record. This isn't unusual for a unit like this and he does do a good job of placing them when there is a record. Most of this was when Dirlewanger's unit was working specific named SS-Police anti-partisan operations.
The author also covers the units transfer to Slovakia towards the end of the war. He also covers the different versions of the unit as the personnel changed from the original convicted poachers to whatever material was available that no other unit would accept.
What did make me crazy was the author not stating what Police Battalion or Regiment Dirlewanger's unit was working with. I also thought there could have been far more information about his role in the liquidation of Jews and others.
Edit: I have a copy of the flight log for the pilot assigned to EG B that places Dirlewanger in the early stages of the war. He was, to me at least, being flown to locations to receive orders to sensitive to be transmitted any other way.
The book also mentions Hans Siegling, a man who was everywhere in the east when mass murder was required. What the author does not mention is his earlier work in EG A as a Hauptmann in a Police Battalion.
There is quite a bit regarding the formation of the unit, the concept of poachers to be used on the eastern front against partisans (and civilians); Hitler, Himmler and Goering all had conceptions of the morality and mental outlook of poachers vs other types of criminals, and there is a lot of pseudo-analysis of the concept of hunting humans in the east. The book also shows how over the course of the war, the initial composition of the unit altered as camp guards, other criminals, or other 'recruits' forcibly introduced into the formation became more numerous or dominant.
There is the story of the endless partisan sweeps, Dirlewanger's unit kept almost constantly in action. While despised by the SS and its leadership, there seems to be some kind of grudging respect from his troops, particularly while the unit was still smaller and his personal leadership style - personally brave, somewhat indulgent, morally corrupt - is evident to all. This, too, changes over time as his distance from his men increases.
Along the way we learn that other formations were not always keen to be serving near Dirlewanger; that his rather corrupt requisitioning style was not welcomed in the towns even by hardened Nazi administrators; that discipline was rarely a problem until the end of the war. Fighting the Red Army in 1945 also proved a good deal more difficult that dealing with partisans.
The Dirlewanger Brigade makes for a unique and fascinating subject to study, and while Ingrao's book is not definitive, it represents a great improvement over what was out there prior.