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The Scourge of the Swastika

3.93  ·  Rating Details ·  161 Ratings  ·  12 Reviews
This factual account of German war crimes of World War II is a formidable indictment of Nazi brutality and of the monstrous organization that so terrorized occupied Europe and murdered at least 12 million civilians. Along with "The Knights of Bushido: A Short History of Japanese War Crimes" (1853674990) by the same author, it was a phenomenal best-seller when first publish ...more
Hardcover, 259 pages
Published 1954 by Cassell
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Chris Mccleary
Mar 03, 2013 Chris Mccleary rated it really liked it
Although written in the 1950's this is still relevant today. It gives an overview of the thinking and social conditions behind the actions of some Germans during the second world war in a frank and honest way.

The book is well sourced and reveals a side of the second world war which is mostly glossed over.
Kurt
Jun 08, 2013 Kurt rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history
In Scourge of the Swastika, Lord Russell of Liverpool provides a litany of war crimes committed by the Nazi regime. These crimes started out as an idea by Hitler in Mein Kampf, although Russell argues that Hitler is not the source of the war crimes. Lord Russell, a prosecutor in the Nazi war trials, begins his case by providing evidence of crimes committed against prisoners of war and civilians in occupied territories. He broadens his scope to include crimes against humanity such as the attempte ...more
Joe Borg
Sep 20, 2016 Joe Borg rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Book is a truthful and accurate account of the atrocities carried out by the Germans during WWII. This is the result of eyewitnesses or war crimes proceedings.
It is to be remembered that although even in the so-called civilised world there had been similar acts of pillage, rapes and murder , the crimes committed by the Germans in the Second world war were systematic and organised with careful planning before and not just the outburst of the victor . These events have now been shadowed with
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Sally
Apr 04, 2016 Sally rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A relatively dispassionate account of the illegal conduct of the Nazi organisations throughout the Nazi regime's rule in Europe. It depicts how routinised murder was within the SS etc. I believe that when the report / book was first published there was the view that the events and murders depicted within the book should / would never occur again. Sadly, looking at events in the 21st century so far , this is not the case, with regimes around the globe who seem to have copied Nazi tactics, and eve ...more
Steve Caldwell
May 25, 2016 Steve Caldwell rated it it was amazing
In this chilling account of the Nazi attrocities and the subsequent war tribunal, Lord Russell gives an in depth look at the face of evil in all its horror. He describes the principal people involved, and their motivations. He shows how it started fairly modestly, but ended up killing over 10 million people for nothing more than being on some sick Nazi non approved scapegoat list. He then goes through what happened at the Nuremberg tribunal, and what happened to the men responsible for some of t ...more
Thomas
Mar 23, 2008 Thomas rated it it was amazing
dry and british and a detailed account of some of the greatest atrocities committed in the first half of the 20th century. of course, there have been others - but this is a first - the detailing of atrocities whose blessing can be traced to the very highest levels.

it is sobering to think that, someday, a book like this can (or has) been written about our nation, its actions and leaders...
William Howle
Oct 26, 2016 William Howle rated it really liked it
Although I have read similar books, this makes you wonder how people could do these things. It appears that some of the killers escaped, such as Albert Kessering. Many others probably were never brought to trial. Growing up after WW II, I was not aware of these crimes until I was a young adult. I would suggest this would be good reading for young people today
Bob
Oct 05, 2016 Bob rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Revealing Truths

I expected much worse, but these stories were bad enough. Not in that the book is bad,not s not, but in the horror presented. So much more has come out since pen was put to paper on this, but there are things in life that should be read.this is one.
Badger
May 31, 2010 Badger rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The first book I read on the subject of Nazi war crimes. Still an excellent introduction to a macabre subject.
Recato Cristiano
Well some heavy reading.
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Edward Frederick Langley Russell, 2nd Baron Russell of Liverpool C.B.E., M.C. (10 April 1895-8 April 1981), was a British soldier, lawyer and historian.
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