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New PDF release: Under the Shadow of the Swastika: The Moral Dilemmas of

By Rab Bennett

ISBN-10: 023050826X

ISBN-13: 9780230508262

ISBN-10: 1349397245

ISBN-13: 9781349397242

This incisive research of the ethics of struggle is the one paintings to target the ethical dilemmas of resistance and collaboration in Nazi-occupied Europe. Rab Bennett offers a entire advisor to the harrowing moral offerings that faced traditional electorate as they attempted to outlive the Nazi onslaught.

Bennett explores how the Resistance replied to German safety coverage that had at its origin the doctrine of collective accountability. He indicates how Nazi strategies, together with the systematic taking and killing of hostages, reprisal killings, and the destruction of whole villages, advanced the makes an attempt of the Resistance to struggle again. He additionally contains a exact dialogue of the arguable function of the Jewish police.

Under the Shadow of the Swastika analyzes morally questionable tools of resistance, akin to torture, the mutilation and killing of German prisoners of battle, and guerrilla struggle. by means of assessing their behavior on the subject of the legislation of warfare and the simply conflict culture, Bennett mounts a revisionist problem to longstanding myths concerning the Resistance.

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Within Germany resistance to Hitler was an act of treason. In occupied Europe resistance was an act of patriotism, rooted in the soil of the nation. (2) Although conscientious Germans also faced acute moral decisions and choices, their primary dilemma was the classic problem of political obligation: whether, when and in what manner to disobey their own state. Christians faced with the decision to commit murder by participating in plots to kill Hitler; army officers faced with the repudiation of their solemnly-sworn oath of unconditional obedience to the Fuhrer were confronted by the charge of treason, disloyalty and betrayal of their own country in time of crisis.

Because it developed into a cult, with its mythical heroes and martyrs, its rituals of remembrance and celebration, any questioning of the received wisdom of resistance was rather like challenging an article of faith. Because of the glorification of the resistance one of the most persistent illusions has been the temptation to gloss over, or to edit out the murkier side of the Resistance record. The religious-romantic aura which surrounded resistance ensured a certain silence over its human costs.

The gravity of this problem was apparent at every stageY Irate Norwegians were not the only critics of what they regarded as fruitless human sacrifices. A microfilmed report by one of the leaders of the Danish resistance was smuggled to London in January 1942. It stated that 'Anyone who tried to commit sabotage today would probably be condemned by a majority of Danes'. 28 Secret reports to SOE in London warned that the Danes were not 'ripe' for sabotage, and: 38 Under the Shadow of the Swastika As late as May Day 1943, Socialist speakers contemptuously referred to Underground combat teams as 'little groups of fanatical provocateurs' ....

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