Ideology and the rationality of domination: Nazi Germanization policies in Poland

Wolf, Gerhard (2020) Ideology and the rationality of domination: Nazi Germanization policies in Poland. Indiana University Press, Bloomington, IN. ISBN 9780253048073

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Abstract

Following the brutal invasion and occupation of Poland, the Nazis moved swiftly to realize one of their key ideological aims, the expansion of German living space: deport Jews, bring in German settlers and subjugate the rest of the population to a selection process to separate Poles from ethnic Germans. As simple as this might have seemed initially, the various parts of the German occupation machinery soon found themselves embroiled in a bitter fight about the essence of Germanness and how to identify a German. Gerhard Wolf reveals an astonishing development in which a more inclusivist understanding of Germanness based on a more traditional notion of Volk eventually won out against one that was based on Rasse and much more exclusivist. This had important implications, as Wolf can show, as it paved the way for turning around three million Poles into German citizens. Parallel to the mass deportation and mass murder of Christian Poles and the genocide of Jewish Poles, the Nazis paradoxically thus also presided over the largest (forced) assimilation program in German history. Students and scholars of the Polish occupation, the Holocaust, and Nazism will find new analysis of German imperialism, ethnic cleansing, and genocide in this important book.

Item Type: Book
Keywords: Nazi Germany, Racism, Occupation Policy, Second World War, Poland
Schools and Departments: School of History, Art History and Philosophy > History
Research Centres and Groups: Centre for German-Jewish Studies
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DAW History of Central Europe > DAW1001 General
D History General and Old World > DAW History of Central Europe > DAW1031 History
D History General and Old World > DD History of Germany > DD084 History > DD121 By period > DD175 Modern, 1519- > DD201 19th-20th centuries > DD233 Revolution and Republic, 1918- > DD253 Hitler, 1933-1945. National Socialism
D History General and Old World > DD History of Germany > DD084 History > DD121 By period > DD175 Modern, 1519- > DD201 19th-20th centuries > DD233 Revolution and Republic, 1918- > DD253 Hitler, 1933-1945. National Socialism > DD256 Period of World War II, 1939-1945
D History General and Old World > DK History of Russia. Soviet Union. Former Soviet Republics > DK4010 History of Poland > DK4123 History > DK4397 1918-1945
Depositing User: Gerhard Wolf
Date Deposited: 21 Nov 2019 13:54
Last Modified: 03 Aug 2020 12:52
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/88153
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