The SS Alibi of a Nation 1922-1945

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The SS Alibi of a Nation 1922-1945

Post by Scanderbeg » 25 Apr 2002 22:38

The SS Alibi of a Nation 1922-1945 - Gerald Reitlinger

Can some one tell me if this book is worth buying? How good of a research and how accurate is it?


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Post by Mark C. Yerger » 25 Apr 2002 23:51

It was good in its day and still is to some degree. I revewed "Anatomy of the SS State" and far prefer it to the title mentioned. "Alibi" had some interesting facts but nothing is documented. The book also tries to cover to much in a single volume compared to what is being written today.


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SS; Alibi of a Nation

Post by Richard Murphy » 26 Apr 2002 07:32

Definitely worth getting! I have had a copy for years (In fact, it was one of the first books on the subject as my interest in the period grew.). Mark is quiet correct in saying there are works that go into more detail, but considering it was first published in 1956 and was one of the first serious attempts to understand the organisation, it still reads well and has a wealth of infomation.


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Post by Polynike » 04 May 2002 22:41

good read considering its publishing date. it is a very concise read that offers some insight into the organisation that was the ss. i was able to get it after years of trying and i was not disappointed. obviously more modern texts would have moe detail and be able to use a variety of surces but in my own opinion its worth getting.

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