Summary Of The Book Of Ferdinand Rhodes

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Rhodes’ book of the Einsatzgruppen and their deeds during World War II is a truly graphic, bloody and gruesome depiction. Rhodes describes how the SS’ gruesome individual killings came to be the industrialized murder of Jews that became known as the Holocaust. At the beginning of the book, Rhodes describes in fine detail how bloodthirsty and determined the SS was in their methodology. Their determination was such that even the German army began to fear that they might be taking this violence to the extreme. Their zeal in murdering Jews was to such extent that some SS soldiers actually enjoyed it. Rhodes attempts to explain the SS soldiers’ extremely violent behaviors. He bases himself on Lonnie Athens, a criminologist, who proposes the theory

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