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By Omer Bartov

Mirrors of Destruction examines the connection among overall struggle, state-organized genocide, and the emergence of recent id. right here, Omer Bartov demonstrates that during the 20th century there were intimate hyperlinks among army clash, mass homicide of civilian populations, and the definition and categorization of teams and contributors. those connections have been such a lot sincerely manifested within the Holocaust, because the Nazis tried to exterminate ecu Jewry less than disguise of a brutal conflict and with the acknowledged objective of constructing a racially natural Aryan inhabitants and Germanic empire. The Holocaust, even if, can purely be understood in the context of the century's predilection for using sizeable and systematic tools of destruction to solve conflicts over id. to supply the context for the "Final Solution," Bartov examines the altering relationships among Jews and non-Jews in France and Germany from the outbreak of global conflict I to the current.

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21 For him war was destiny, all encompassing and unavoidable, but rather than a mythical, chivalrous encounter, it had to be waged by mobilizing all the energy and organizational sophistication of the modern industrial state. Behind him was a younger generation of gifted staff officers who emerged in the 1930s as Hitler’s generals. 23 To be sure, World War I had produced a whole crop of young officers devoted to designing a new type of modern, violent, and decisive 24 mirrors of destruction warfare: De Gaulle in France, Basil Liddell Hart and J.

29 To be sure, many practical lessons from 1914–18 were applied to tactics and strategy in World War II. But the emphasis on re-creating a tight-knit community of warriors, wholly dedicated to its members and to the nation, became a fundamental tenet in the organization and indoctrination of the Wehrmacht, while the belief that the army had been betrayed by the “November criminals” of 1918 introduced a unique brutality and vindictiveness to military conduct. Moreover both the motivation and the ruthlessness of the soldiers were tremendously influenced also by Hitler’s repeated references to himself as a frontline soldier who had firsthand knowledge of the realities of combat, as well as by his much publicized obsession with annihilating both real and imaginary enemies.

While fields of glory 29 the army tried to justify its actions also with conventional arguments, citing security concerns, partisan activity, and civilian resistance, one is struck by the extent to which soldiers expressed pride and satisfaction in finally being able to destroy their enemies, be they soldiers, prisoners, civilians, or, provoking the greatest glee, Jewish men, women, and children. 37 In the case of the SS, the equivalence of genocide and glory was the very core of its identity. The motto of the Black Corps was “SS man, Your Honor is Loyalty” (SS-Mann, Deine Ehre heisst Treue).

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