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in terms, but Koonz is very careful to define "conscience" not as reflection and action based upon a universal sense of morality and ethos, but rather, as it was with the Nazis: a relativistic Weltanschauung, a monolithic Zeitgeist that guides an insular society to see their way of doing things, no matter how evil or perverted, as right...and even as the morally correct way of thinking and living life. This book is an excellent addition to anyone's library of WWII and Holocaust literature, in that Koonz does what not many dare to: she looks at things the way the Nazis did; takes their historical and cultural point of view--without, of course, abandoning the broader view that, in the final analysis, shows the Nazi regime for what it truly was: a despicable and reprehensible machine of murder and mayhem. I am reading this book after three excellent volumes on the Nazi's: The Nazi and the Psychiatrist, Hanns & Rudolph, and Hitler's Furies. I recommend they be taken together, because all four of these books go beyond the bare history to search out the human factor, and to puzzle once more over what compels otherwise normal people to take part in such loathsome and nefarious acts as those that played out during the terrible reign of the Third Reich.
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Is there anything you would change about this book?
The inclusion of the German words and pronunciations in this book were unnecessary, off-putting, and distracting almost to the point of me quitting the book. They may have worked in the book, but in the spoken word they were out of place and took me out of the narrative.
Would you be willing to try another one of Mike Pollock’s performances?
Absolutely not. Ignoring the over-pronunciation of the unnecessary German words in the narrative, Pollock had a habit of subtly clearing his throat or taking a breath that was borderline nauseating to listen to. I won't be listening to anything he does going forward.
Explains in a thorough non judgemental way many questions. about how sensible ordinary people can be desensitised. Pronunciation a bit odd for German sensitive listeners at times.
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