From Cooperation to Complicity: Degussa in the Third Reich

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Cambridge University Press, Jul 23, 2007 - History - 396 pages
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From Cooperation to Complicity is a study of the Degussa corporation, a firm which played a pivotal role in the processing of plundered precious metals in Nazi-occupied Europe and controlled the production and distribution of Zyklon B, the infamous pesticide used to gas the inmates of Auschwitz and Majdanek concentration camps, during the Third Reich. The author traces the extent of the corporation's involvement in these and other Nazi war crimes, including the Aryanization of Jewish-owned property and the exploitation of forced labor, and delineates the motivations for such conduct.
 

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Contents

1 Introduction and Overview
1
2 The Company the Party and the Regime
20
3 Aryanization
74
4 Autarky and Armament
111
5 Precious Metals for the Reich
148
6 War Production and Spoliation
195
7 Forced Labor
236
8 Degesch and Zyklon B
272
9 Wars End and Aftermath
301
Appendices
323
Index
361
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Peter Hayes is Professor of History and German and Theodore Z. Weiss Professor of Holocaust Studies at Northwestern University. He is the author of Industry and Ideology: IG Farben in the Nazi Era, 2nd edition (Cambridge, 2000), which won the Conference Group on Central European History's biannual book award in 1988. He is also editor of Lessons and Legacies: The Meaning of the Holocaust in a Changing World (1991), and four other collections. He has written more than 40 articles published in German, French, Italian, as well as English. In 1997-8, he was the Shapiro Senior Scholar in Residence at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum.

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