aCompelling . . . Lower brings to the forefront an unexplored aspect of the Holocaust.a aWashington Post In a surprising account that powerfully revises history, Wendy Lower uncovers the role of German women on the Nazi eastern frontanot only as plunderers and direct witnesses, but as actual killers. Lower, drawing on twenty years of archival research and fieldwork, presents startling evidence that these women were more than adesk murderersa or comforters of murderous German men: they went on ashopping spreesa and romantic outings to the Jewish ghettos; they were present at killing-field picnics, not only providing refreshment but also shooting Jews. And Lower uncovers the stories of SS wives with children of their own whose brutality is as chilling as any in history. Hitleras Furies challenges our deepest beliefs: women can be as brutal as men, and the evidence can be hidden for seventy years. aDisquieting . . . Earlier books about the Holocaust have offered up poster girls of brutality and atrocity . . . [Loweras] insight is to track more mundane lives, and to argue for a vastly wider complicity.a aNew York Times aAn unsettling but significant contribution to our understanding of how nationalism, and specifically conceptions of loyalty, are normalized, reinforced, and regulated.a aLos Angeles Review of BooksAnd Lower uncovers the stories of SS wives with children of their own whose brutality is as chilling as any in history.
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