Lord Russell of Liverpool, who served as a chief legal adviser during war crimes trials at the end of World War II, recounts the horrific brutality perpetrated by the Nazi government throughout Europe. Using evidence submitted to trials such as Nuremburg, Russell compiles the terrible histories of concentration camps, murders of civilians, lynching, and other atrocities to build a damning indictment of the Third Reich. Simon Vance's arresting performance conveys the right amount of intrigue and shock at the horrors witnessed under Hitler's rule, making Scourge of the Swastika a chilling and remarkable experience.
When discussing the German war crimes of the Second World War, modern histories have focused on the Holocaust. While the Final Solution was a unique and unparalleled horror, German atrocities did not end there. The Nazis terrorized their own citizens, tortured and murdered POWs, and carried out countless executions throughout occupied Europe. Lord Russell of Liverpool was part of the legal team that brought Nazi war criminals to justice, and from this first-hand position, he published the sensational, best-selling The Scourge of the Swastika in 1954. Liverpool shows that the actions of the Third Reich, including the Holocaust, were illegal, not merely immoral.
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I learned more than I thought I already knew, brought out the human tragedy in detail.
Knights of the Bushido. Unvarnished and not white washed for pc purposes. Sticks to the facts, sickening as some were.
Can't really narrow that down.
That the men committing these horrors believed this was the right thing to do, had no regrets of their actions. That was constantly emphasized in the book, it was not just one moment
this is not listening for everyone. We all know the Nazis did horrible things but this catalogue of the details written at the time is absolutely blood-curdling. It's hard to imagine the entire country could turn so demonically evil with the right encouragement to cut loose and do the worst most monstrous things. It's not just the Jews that you will hear about in this accounting but also many many other people that we're just the wrong people in the wrong countries that the Nazis wanted to conquer. I have read a number of books about brutal things like the Mongols and Attila the Hun. these however were at a time before high civilization. For the Germans to become this debased and this evil at the height of their civilization is what is so shocking about the accounting here. the reader is wonderful I have heard him in a number of books. Definitely worth taking a look.
Russell's account of the crimes of Nazi Germany is one of the best on the subject. It also preceded the classic Rise and Fall of the Third Reich, perhaps the finest historic work ever written about the Second World War. Russell's book was important at the time of its 1954 publication because it documented precisely not only major details of the Holocaust, which William Shirer only briefly touched upon, but also the reign of terror across Occupied Europe, especially Poland and Russia, where the majority of Hitler's victims perished, including millions of Soviet prisoners of war and Russian civilians. An immensely valuable reading and listening experience as well as a superb history lesson that is as timely today as it was during the fifties, when Holocaust denial was still in its early stages.
I have listened to many books on the subject. This was the best description of the horrors that took place in the concentration camps inEurope during WWll.
there was no favorite character. It was simply new inforatmion that has not been commonly known because it is too graphic.
reality can be worse than fiction
we should all know what the human spirit is capable of enduring, and inflicting
In this chilling account of the Nazi attrocities and the subsequent war tribunal, Lord Russell gives an in depth look at the face of evil in all its horror. He describes the principal people involved, and their motivations. He shows how it started fairly modestly, but ended up killing over 10 million people for nothing more than being on some sick Nazi non approved scapegoat list. He then goes through what happened at the Nuremberg tribunal, and what happened to the men responsible for some of the worst atrocities in human history. This is a must read for anyone interested in WW2 history.
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