The Nazi Census: Identification and Control in the Third Reich (Politics, History, & Social Change)

The Nazi Census: Identification and Control in the Third Reich (Politics, History, & Social Change)

By: Gotz Aly (author), Edwin Black (translator), Assenka Oksiloff (translator), John Torpey (adaptor), Karl Heinz Roth (contributor), Edwin Black (foreword_author)Paperback

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A controversial book when originally published in Germany, The Nazi Census documents the origins of the census in modern Germany, along with the parallel development of machines that helped first collect data on Germans, then specifically on Jews and other minorities. G\u00f6tz Aly and Karl Heinz Roth begin by examining the history of statistical technology in Germany, from the Hollerith machine in the 1890s through the development and licensing of IBM punch-card technology. Aly and Roth explain that census data was collected on non-Germans in order to satisfy the state's desire to track racial groups for alleged security reasons. Later this information led to disastrous results for those groups and others that were tracked in similar ways. Ultimately, as G\u00f6tz Aly and Karl Heinz Roth point out in this short, rigorously researched book, the techniques the Nazis employed to track, gather information, and control populations initiated the modern system of citizen registration. Aly and Roth argue that what led to the devastating effects of the Nazi census was the ends to which they used their data, not their means. It is the employment of \u0022normal\u0022 methods of collection that the authors examine historically as it applies to the Nazi regime, and also the way contemporary methods of classification and control still affect the modern world.

About Author

Gotz Aly is an independent historian of Nazi Germany.Karl Heinz Roth is a journalist and author.Edwin Black is a Washington-based writer and author of the bestselling IBM and the Holocaust: The Strategic Alliance between Nazi Germany and America's Most Powerful Corporation, and the award-winning Holocaust finance investigation, The Transfer Agreement.


Foreword - Edwin BlackForeword to the 2000 EditionIntroduction1. Soldiers of Science in the New Reich2. Registering, Recording, Sorting3. Statistics on Jews4. The Value of a Human Being5. Siegfried Koller6. From the Volkskartei to the Reich7. Personnel NumberEpilogue: The Modern StateAbbreviationsNotesIllustration CreditsIndex

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9781592132591
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 184
  • ID: 9781592132591
  • ISBN10: 1592132596
  • translations: German

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