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The Scourge of the Swastika

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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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Heavy subject matter but surprisingly light work to read, Lord Russell admittedly occasionally lacks some bias but I defy anyone who lived through the history he's writing to not be a little judgemental. From "nacht und nebel" prisoners to the treatment of occupied civillians this neat little book covers the width and breath of Nazi war crimes with style and skill.
Chris Mccleary
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.
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
James Ginn
I only had to read the few sample pages on Amazon to realize that this book is just another bit of the Allied propaganda with which we have all been brainwashed during the post war period. There were no death camps in Germany.
Nathan Moore
A in-depth look at the war crimes committed by the Nazi Party. Not for the squeamish.
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...
The first book I read on the subject of Nazi war crimes. Still an excellent introduction to a macabre subject.
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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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