This series of essays by one of today's most original and prolific scholars on German racial policy concerns three interrelated aspects of Nazi Germany: relations with 'the east', 'euthanasia' and extermination. They are linked closely by the sub-themes of professionals or 'experts' and an interest in competing systems of morality. The collection includes important and wholly new contributions to the German-Soviet war and other national tragedies; to the controversial question of whether the Nazi analogy has any relevance to contemporary ethical discussions; and to the contemporary historiography, including works of fiction and literary criticism, of the Holocaust. The product of twelve years' research on Nazi Germany, the book will be essential reading for anyone interested in scholarship on the period, or indeed in how we might view the period in future decades.
Introduction; Part I. The Germans and the East: 1. The knights, nationalists and the historians; 2. Albert Brackmann, Ostforscher: the years of retirement; 3. 'See you again in Siberia': the German-Soviet war and other tragedies; Part II. 'Euthanasia': 4. Psychiatry, German society and the Nazi 'euthanasia' programme; 5. The churches, eugenics and the Nazi 'euthanasia' programme; 6. The Nazi analogy and contemporary debates on euthanasia; Part III. Extermination: 7. The racial state revisited; 8. A 'political economy of the Final Solution'? Reflections on modernity, historians and the Holocaust; 9. The realm of shadows: recent writing on the Holocaust.