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In the Name of the People

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ISBN13: 9789041101853
ISBN: 9041101853
Published: May 1998
Publisher: Brill Academic Publishers
Format: Hardback
Price: Out of print

This work explores the profile of the perpetrators of Nazi genocide as reflected in post-war German trial sentences. It investigates their social background, their ""route to crime"", and their role in the Nazi extermination apparatus. In addition, it studies the post-war prosecution of these genocidal criminals in West Germany. It describes and analyzes the obstacles, ""bottlenecks"", and omissions in the prosecuting policies and presents their statistical record. It examines the way in which post-war German courts dealt with these criminals by an in-depth study of the trial sentences against two specific groups of genocidal perpetrators: the ""Euthanasia"" and ""Aktion Reinhard"" killers. Through a scrutiny of the argumentation of the various courts' sentences in these cases, it presents a detailed picture of the grounds for acquittal, conviction and punishment. It discusses the controversial differentiation of ""murder"" and ""complicity in murder"" with regard to these genocidal perpetrators and highlights the ways in which the courts handled complicated questions, such as acting under superior orders, duress and coercion.

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The Logic of Evil.
1: The Prosecution of Nazi Criminals in West Germany.
1.1. Accounting for Genocide: The Record of Post-War Prosecution in the Federal Republic of Germany.
1.2. Accounting of Genocide: Trial Sentences as Historical Source.
2: ""Euthanasia"". Part A. The Extermination of ""Life-Unworthy Life"".
2.1. The ""Euthanasia"" Aktion: Chronology, Organization and Practice. Part B. ""Euthanasia"" Accomplices on Trial.
2.2. Introduction.
2.3. Managers of Mass Death.
2.4. Heroes and Villains: The ""Mercy Killing"" Doctors.
2.5. The Lower Echelons.
3: The Aktion Reinhard. Part A. Down the Genocidal Road: The Institutional Links and the Organization.
3.1. From ""Euthanasia"" to the ""Final Solution"": The Application of Acquired Expertise.
3.2. Belzec, Sobibor and Treblinka: ""T4"" and the Aktion Reinhard.
3.3. The Blanks at Nuremberg.
3.4. Stumbling into the Judicial Limelight: Hirtreiter and Friends.
3.5. A Late Redress of Missed Opportunities: The Treblinka, Belzec and Sobibor Trials.
3.6. The Trial Against Franz Stangl.
4: Final Observations and Conclusions.
4.1. The Company of Hangmen.
4.2. Perspectives from the Court Room: The Flexibility of In Dubio Pro Reo.