The Racial State: Germany 1933-1945

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Cambridge University Press, Nov 7, 1991 - History - 386 pages
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Between 1933 and 1945 the Nazi regime in Germany tried to restructure a "class" society along racial lines. This book deals with the ideas and institutions that underpinned this mission, and shows how Nazi policy affected various groups of people, both victims and beneficiaries. The book begins with a serious discussion of the origins of Nazi racial ideology, and then demonstrates the way in which this was translated into official policy. It deals with the systematic persecution not only of the Jews, but also with the fate of lesser-known groups such as Sinti and Roma, the mentally handicapped, the "asocial," and homosexuals.
 

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The racial state: Germany, 1933-1945

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Contents

How modern German and totalitarian was the Third Reich? Some major historiographical controversies
7
Barbarous utopias racial ideologies in Germany
23
Barbarism institutionalised racism as state policy
44
THE PURIFICATION OF THE BODY OF THE NATION
75
The persecution of the Jews
77
The persecution of Sinti and Roma and other ethnic minorities
113
The persecution of the hereditarily ill the asocial and homosexuals
136
THE FORMATION OF THE NATIONAL COMMUNITY
199
Youth in the Third Reich
201
Women in the Third Reich
242
Men in the Third Reich
267
National Socialist racial and social policy
304
Notes
308
Bibliographical essay
358
Index
380
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Michael Burleigh, as of the fall of 2000, is a professor of history at Washington and Lee University. He is the author of six previous books on Germany, including Death and Deliverance and Ethics and Extermination.

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