Ordinary Men


  • Author : Christopher R. Browning
  • Publisher : Harper Collins
  • Release : 2013-04-16
  • ISBN : 0062037757
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De

The shocking account of how a unit of average middle-aged Germans became the cold-blooded murderers of tens of thousands of Jews.

Ordinary Men


  • Author : Christopher R. Browning
  • Publisher : Harper Collins
  • Release : 1993-02-05
  • ISBN : 9780060995065
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De

The shocking account of how a unit of average middle-aged Germans became the cold-blooded murderers of tens of thousands of Jews.

Ordinary Men


  • Author : Christopher R. Browning
  • Publisher : HarperCollins
  • Release : 2017-02-28
  • ISBN : 0062303031
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De

Christopher R. Browning’s shocking account of how a unit of average middle-aged Germans became the cold-blooded murderers of tens of thousands of Jews—now with a new afterword and additional photographs. Ordinary Men is the true story of Reserve Police Battalion 101 of the German Order Police, which was responsible for mass shootings as well as round-ups of Jewish people for deportation to Nazi death camps in Poland in 1942. Browning argues that most of the men of RPB 101 were not fanatical Nazis but, rather, ordinary middle-aged, working-class men who committed these atrocities out of a mixture of motives, including the group dynamics of conformity, deference to authority, role adaptation, and the altering of moral norms to justify their actions. Very quickly three groups emerged within the battalion: a core of eager killers, a plurality who carried out their duties reliably but without initiative, and a small minority who evaded participation in the acts of killing without diminishing the murderous efficiency of the battalion whatsoever. While this book discusses a specific Reserve Unit during WWII, the general argument Browning makes is that most people succumb to the pressures of a group setting and commit actions they would never do of their own volition. Ordinary Men is a powerful, chilling, and important work with themes and arguments that continue to resonate today. “A remarkable—and singularly chilling—glimpse of human behavior...This meticulously researched book...represents a major contribution to the literature of the Holocaust."—Newsweek

Beyond "Ordinary Men"


  • Author : Thomas Pegelow Kaplan,Jürgen Matthäus,Mark W. Hornburg
  • Publisher : Verlag Ferdinand Schöningh
  • Release : 2019-09-23
  • ISBN : 365779266X
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De

Why do they kill? The publication in 1992 of Christopher R. Browning's "Ordinary Men" raised crucial, previously unasked questions about the Holocaust: what made the members of a German police battalion – "middle-aged family men of working- and lowerclass background" – become mass murderers of Jewish children, women, and men? How does motivation tie in with other factors that prompt participation in the "final solution"? And what can survivor accounts convey about genocide perpetration? Reflecting on the work of one of the field's most influential scholars, the essays in this book explore the evolution and application of Holocaust historiography, identify key insights into genocidal settings and point to gaps in our knowledge of humanity's most haunting problem.

No Ordinary Men


  • Author : Fritz Stern,Elisabeth Sifton
  • Publisher : New York Review of Books
  • Release : 2013-09-17
  • ISBN : 1590177029
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De

During the twelve years of Hitler’s Third Reich, very few Germans took the risk of actively opposing his tyranny and terror, and fewer still did so to protect the sanctity of law and faith. In No Ordinary Men, Elisabeth Sifton and Fritz Stern focus on two remarkable, courageous men who did—the pastor and theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer and his close friend and brother-in-law Hans von Dohnanyi—and offer new insights into the fearsome difficulties that resistance entailed. (Not forgotten is Christine Bonhoeffer Dohnanyi, Hans’s wife and Dietrich’s sister, who was indispensable to them both.) From the start Bonhoeffer opposed the Nazi efforts to bend Germany’s Protestant churches to Hitler’s will, while Dohnanyi, a lawyer in the Justice Ministry and then in the Wehrmacht’s counterintelligence section, helped victims, kept records of Nazi crimes to be used as evidence once the regime fell, and was an important figure in the various conspiracies to assassinate Hitler. The strength of their shared commitment to these undertakings—and to the people they were helping—endured even after their arrest in April 1943 and until, after great suffering, they were executed on Hitler’s express orders in April 1945, just weeks before the Third Reich collapsed. Bonhoeffer’s posthumously published Letters and Papers from Prison and other writings found a wide international audience, but Dohnanyi’s work is scarcely known, though it was crucial to the resistance and he was the one who drew Bonhoeffer into the anti-Hitler plots. Sifton and Stern offer dramatic new details and interpretations in their account of the extraordinary efforts in which the two jointly engaged. No Ordinary Men honors both Bonhoeffer’s human decency and his theological legacy, as well as Dohnanyi’s preservation of the highest standard of civic virtue in an utterly corrupted state.

Ordinary Men


  • Author : Tom Stammers
  • Publisher : CRC Press
  • Release : 2017-07-05
  • ISBN : 1351352628
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De

Of all the controversies facing historians today, few are more divisive or more important than the question of how the Holocaust was possible. What led thousands of Germans – many of them middle-aged reservists with, apparently, little Nazi zeal – to willingly commit acts of genocide? Was it ideology? Was there something rotten in the German soul? Or was it – as Christopher Browning argues in this highly influential book – more a matter of conformity, a response to intolerable social and psychological pressure? Ordinary Men is a microhistory, the detailed study of a single unit in the Nazi killing machine. Browning evaluates a wide range of evidence to seek to explain the actions of the "ordinary men" who made up reserve Police Battalion 101, taking advantage of the wide range of resources prepared in the early 1960s for a proposed war crimes trial. He concludes that his subjects were not "evil;" rather, their actions are best explained by a desire to be part of a team, not to shirk responsibility that would otherwise fall on the shoulders of comrades, and a willingness to obey authority. Browning's ability to explore the strengths and weaknesses of arguments – both the survivors' and other historians' – is what sets his work apart from other studies that have attempted to get to the root of the motivations for the Holocaust, and it is also what marks Ordinary Men as one of the most important works of its generation.

Study Guide: Ordinary Men: Reserve Police Battalion 101 and the Final Solution in Poland by Christopher R. Browning (SuperSummary)


  • Author : SuperSummary
  • Publisher :
  • Release : 2019-02
  • ISBN : 9781795631693
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De

SuperSummary, a modern alternative to SparkNotes and CliffsNotes, offers high-quality study guides for challenging works of literature. This 54-page guide for "Ordinary Men" by Christopher R. Browning includes detailed chapter summaries and analysis covering 18 chapters, as well as several more in-depth sections of expert-written literary analysis. Featured content includes commentary on major characters, 25 important quotes, essay topics, and key themes like Choice and Conformity.

Ordinary Men


  • Author : Bryan Hall
  • Publisher :
  • Release : 2020-01-02
  • ISBN : 9781654643829
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De

Ordinary MenOur lives are filled with amazing stories of impossible accomplishments by heroic men - soldiers who stared down death and somehow made it through, superheroes with incredible powers, wise men and women that formed nations, cured diseases, made life-changing inventions, and some that even conquered the world. The list goes on. These stories don't stop at the doors of our churches and Christian schools. We have all heard tales of the faith of Noah, the courage of David, the strength and love of Jesus, and so on. We have seen their movies. Like any good story, with every new telling the feats get bolder, and the actual people behind the stories get lost in the details. So what about us? What about the average person? How can we ever live up to these standards? Well, we can't. Spoiler alert! The real men in these stories didn't either. If we read the Bible and study their lives, we find that God doesn't need superheroes to accomplish the miraculous. He needs ordinary men - just like me and you.

No Ordinary Men


  • Author : Bryan Salminen
  • Publisher :
  • Release : 2003-04
  • ISBN : 9780570053972
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De

Ordinary Men, Extraordinary Service


  • Author : Chris Lowndes
  • Publisher : Boolarong Press
  • Release : 2011
  • ISBN : 1921555866
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De

The World War One experiences of the 9th Battalion (Queensland) AIF & Reflections of the Gallipoli Campaign... The men of the 9th Battalion, a Queensland based unit of the AIF, were among the very first wave of volunteers to enlist for war service in what was initially thought of as the 'great adventure¿ with their mates following the outbreak of World War 1. For these young men reality would soon see their world turn upside down. Chris follows this Battalion of brave men through their experiences, recounting the lives of individual men within the battalion obtained from diary and service records. This book also take time to present in a well paced manner, the military strategy and planning behind the Gallipoli campaign.