Harvest of Despair

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Harvard University Press, Mar 15, 2008 - History - 480 pages
Berkhoff provides a searing portrait of life in the Third Reich's largest colony. Under the Nazis, a blend of German nationalism, anti-Semitism, and racist notions about the Slavs produced a reign of terror and genocide. Berkhoff also shows how a pervasive Soviet mentality worked against solidarity, which helps explain why the vast majority of the population did not resist the Germans.
 

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Harvest of despair: life and death in Ukraine under Nazi rule

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Berkhoff (Ctr. for Holocaust & Genocide Studies, Univ. of Amsterdam) has produced a remarkable chronicle of murderous brutality carried out between 1941 and 1943 in the Reichskomissariat of the ... Read full review

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My grandfather lived through the famines of 1932 and 1933; he, a young Ukrainian at the time, lost much of his family and nearly starved. From him, I have heard some incredible and depressing stories. He was forced to serve in the German army and left with awe-inspiring stories of life-altering heroism, as well as memories that pain him to this day. Mrs. Berkhoff's book combines similar stories with an interesting historical background to clarify. 

Contents

Introduction
1
Soviet Ukraine and the German Invasion
6
The Reichskommissariat Ukraine
35
The Holocaust of the Jews and Roma
59
Prisoners of War
89
Life in the Countryside
114
Conditions in the Cities
141
Famine in Kiev
164
Deportations and Forced Migrations
253
Toward the End of Nazi Rule
275
Conclusion
305
Tables
317
Abbreviations
319
Notes
321
Sources
439
Acknowledgments
445

Popular Culture
187
Ethnic Identity and Political Loyalties
205
Religion and Popular Piety
232

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Page 428 - Norman M. Naimark, Fires of Hatred: Ethnic Cleansing in Twentieth-Century Europe (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2001), p. 28. 10. Ronald Grigor Suny, "Empire and Nation: Armenians, Turks, and the End of the Ottoman Empire," Armenian Forum 1, 2 (1998): 17.

About the author (2008)

Karel C. Berkhoff is Senior Researcher at the NIOD Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies at the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences.

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