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Hitler's Furies - by Wendy Lower (Hardcover)

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Number of Pages: 270

Genre: History

Format: Hardcover

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin

Book theme: World War II

Author: Wendy Lower

Language: English

Street Date: October 8, 2013
TCIN: 78573069
UPC: 9780547863382
Item Number (DPCI): 247-35-3382


"Hitlers Furies will be experienced and remembered as a turning point in both women's studies and Holocaust studies."--Timothy Snyder, author of Bloodlands

"Hitler's Furies is the first book to follow the biographical trajectories of individual women whose youthful exuberance, loyalty to the F�hrer, ambition, and racism took them to the deadliest sites in German-occupied Europe. Drawing on immensely rich source material, Wendy Lower integrates women perpetrators and accomplices into the social history of the Third Reich, and illuminates them indelibly as a part of post-war East and West German memory that has been, until this book, unmined."--Claudia Koonz, author of Mothers in the Fatherland

"Hitler's Furies is a long overdue and superb addition to the history of the Holocaust. The role of women perpetrators during the Final Solution has been too much glossed over. Wendy Lower's book provides an important and stunning corrective. It is a significant addition to our understanding of the role of ordinary Germans in the Reich's genocide."--Deborah Lipstadt, author of Eichmann on Trial

"Lower shifts away from the narrow focus on the few thousand female concentration camp guards who have been at the center of previous studies of female culpability in Nazi crimes and identifies the cluster of professions--nurses, social workers, teachers, office workers--that in addition to family connections brought nearly one-half million women to the German East and into close proximity with pervasive Nazi atrocities. Through the lives of carefully-researched individuals, she captures a spectrum of career trajectories and behavior. This is a book that artfully combines the study of gender with the illumination of individual experience."--Christopher R. Browning, author of Ordinary Men

"A virtuosic feat of scholarship." -- Kirkus Reviews

"Lower sheds some much-needed light on an aspect of WWII history that has remained in the shadows for decades . . . Surprising and deeply unsettling, the book is a welcome addition to the literature on the Holocaust." -- Booklist

"Intriguing and chilling . . . feminism run amok." -- Chicago Tribune

"Disquieting . . . Ms. Lower's book is partly the study of a youthquake . . . Earlier books about the Holocaust have offered up poster girls of brutality and atrocity . . .[Lower's] insight is to track more mundane lives, and to argue for a vastly wider complicity." -- New York Times

"Well-researched . . . as gripping and eye-opening as it is chilling." -- People

"The triumph of Lower's book is its meticulous biographical impulse. Nothing gets muffled in social science, and by tracing the lives of a dozen or so women, Lower brings out the uniqueness of their stories and the gray areas...This measured judgment gives Lower's documentation its power. Hitler's Furies is above all a brave book. It is brave in forcing from the archives a story that no one wanted to tell. It is brave as well in its willingness to imagine women lashing out with the same murderous will and rage as men." -- New Republic

"Compelling . . . Lower brings to the forefront an unexplored aspect of the Holocaust." -- Washington Post

"Hitler's Furies is an unsettling but significant contribution to our understanding of how nationalism, and specifically conceptions of loyalty, are normalized, reinforced, and regulated. By asking important questions about the pervasive culpability of Nazi women, Lower has highlighted a historical blind spot." -- Los Angeles Review of Books
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