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Stormtroopers : a new history of Hitler's Brownshirts

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Stormtroopers : a new history of Hitler's Brownshirts
Call No: 943.08 S57s

Call Number943.08 S57s
Dates[2017]; ©2017
Statement of ResponsibilityDaniel Siemens.
Summary"Germany's Stormtroopers engaged in a vicious siege of violence that propelled the National Socialists to power in the 1930s. Known also as the SA or Brownshirts, these 'ordinary' men waged a loosely structured campaign of intimidation and savagery across the nation from the 1920s to the 'Night of the Long Knives' in 1934, when Chief of Staff Ernst Röhm and many other SA leaders were assassinated on Hitler's orders. In this deeply researched history, Daniel Siemens explores not only the roots of the SA and its swift decapitation but also its previously unrecognized transformation into a million-member Nazi organization, its activities in German-occupied territories during the Second World War, and its particular contributions to the Holocaust. The author provides portraits of individual members and their victims and examines their milieu, culture, and ideology. His book tells the long-overdue story of the SA and its devastating impact on German citizens and the fate of their country." —Publisher
ContentsIntroduction: a night of violence

Part I
  1. Turmoil in post-war Germany and the origins of the Nazi SA
  2. Stormtrooper street politics: mobilization in times of crisis
  3. The brown cult of youth and violence in the Weimar Republic
Part II
  1. Terror, excitement, and frustration
  2. The "Röhm purge" and the myth of the homosexual Nazi
Part III
  1. The transformation of the SA between 1934 and 1939
  2. Streetfighters into farmers? The brownshirts and the "Germanization" of the European east
  3. Stormtroopers in the Second World War
  4. SA diplomats and the Holocaust in Southeastern Europe
Part IV
  1. "Not guilty": the legacy of the SA in Germany after the Second World War
Conclusion: Stormtroopers and National Socialism
Physical Description xli, 459 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Carrier Typevolume
PublisherNew Haven : Yale University Press
NotesIncludes bibliographical references (pages 339–445) and index
RecognitionGifted in 2018 by Mark Dwor in memory of his mother's extended family killed on August 28, 1941 at Seta (Shat), Lithuania