• Nazi Terror

  • The Gestapo, Jews, and Ordinary Germans
  • By: Eric A. Johnson
  • Narrated by: Edward Lewis
  • Length: 17 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 03-15-11
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
  • 3.5 out of 5 stars 3.5 (39 ratings)

Regular price: $27.97

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Publisher's Summary

Who were the Gestapo officers? Were they merely banal paper shufflers, or were they recognizably evil? Were they motivated by an eliminationist anti-Semitism? Did the average German know about the mass murder of Jews and other undesirables while they were happening? Exactly how was Nazi terror applied in the daily lives of ordinary Jews and Germans? Eric A. Johnson answers these questions as he explores the roles of the individual and of society in making terror work.
Based on years of research in Gestapo archives as well as extensive interviews with perpetrators and victims, Nazi Terror settles many nagging questions about who, exactly, was responsible for what, who knew what, and when they knew it. It is the most fine-grained portrait we may ever have of the mechanism of terror in a dictatorship.
Destined to become the classic study of terror in the Nazi dictatorship, and the benchmark for the next generation of Nazi and Holocaust scholarship, Nazi Terror tackles the central aspect of the Nazi dictatorship head on by focusing on the roles of the individual and of society in making terror work.
©1999 Eric A. Johnson (P)2000 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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Critic Reviews

“The great virtue of Nazi Terror…is the high degree of levelheadedness and common sense, backed by painstaking research, it brings to questions that unfailingly provoke agitated debate.” ( New York Times Book Review)
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2 out of 5 stars
By Christian on 05-26-11

Not very good

The narrator reads too quickly and his delivery is in an awkward high speed monotone without proper sentence pacing. The writing is also questionable, for example, content about Gestapo agents comes out like someone reading the agents' day planner, and quite boring. I would refer an interested listener to William L. Shirer's 'The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich' for a more comprehensive, more engaging, and better referenced book on the subject.

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5 out of 5 stars
By GEORGE on 08-22-12

Answered Some Questions For Me

I first learned about the terrible crimes committed by the Nazis when the story of the of the death camps was shown on broadcast television in the late 1950s. I could not then, and still do not understand how the so many people stood around and let this happen, much less assist in the exterminitation of the Jewish and Polish people. Ths book provided some insight and answered many of my quations.

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3 out of 5 stars
By M. E. Keenan Lindsey on 11-23-13

The narrator is so important

Would you try another book written by Eric A. Johnson or narrated by Edward Lewis?

No, this is the second book ruined by the runaway staccato narration by Edward Lewis,
(King Of The Jews, the other book). Is he trying to beat some speed record in narration?
This is such an informative book to be absorbed slowly and thought about in depth but for the second time I have had to give up because of the irritating, grating narration which totally destroys concentration.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Nazi Terror?

The stories we don't hear about, the shades of grey

What didn’t you like about Edward Lewis’s performance?

As mentioned, staccato, too fast, emotionless

Did Nazi Terror inspire you to do anything?

Make sure I check the narrator first!

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

2 out of 5 stars
By Helen on 09-02-12

Too Long Winded

I downloaded this book believing that I would learn something new not covered in other similar titles, but alas it was not meant to be. The way the book is laid out is boring and extremely long winded. The narrator does a good job with the text and delivers the audio beautifully therefore I've awarded the book two stars out of five, but for the book itself as it was so dull I give this one a zero out of five. Nothing new here, its just a plain old history book certainly not worthy of the price. Very disappointed.

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