Hist 33D, L 10: Reserve Police Battalion 101
by Prof. H. Marcuse, UCSB, Oct. 23, 2003

Is mass murder something "ordinary people" can commit? If so, under what conditions?
Or: Were the men who committed it somehow "special"? How?


Project groups

Wannsee Film Discussion (same categories as last time)

E. Langer: "100 Little Hitlers"

Browning vs. Goldhagen: "Ordinary" or specifically German?
[almost no one had read this, so saved for next Tuesday. BE SURE TO READ IT! (Q3)]

Conclusions: Motives?

Markle discussion

68r86: "paradox of sequential action" (Baumann)
Sequencing: "functional division of labor"
Where to draw the line?
75r89: "Habit, routine, tradition" (Hilberg)
87r95: "cumulative radicalization" (Mommsen)
95r99: race as a social construction
43r101, also Browning (Hilberg's stats): Mar. 42-Feb. 43 (Wannsee to Stalingrad): 1/2 of all 6 mio. Jewish victims of  the Holocaust murdered
45r102: "crushing conformism and careerism"
56r108: "radical situationalism"

Roundup of (indiv.) Motivations

prepared for web by H. Marcuse, Oct. 24, 2003
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