Hitler's First Victims

Hitler's First Victims

The Quest for Justice

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"Before Germany was engulfed by Nazi dictatorship, it was a constitutional republic. And just before Dachau Concentration Camp became a site of Nazi genocide, it was a state detention center for political prisoners, subject to police authority and due process. The camp began its irrevocable transformation from one to the other following the execution of four Jewish detainees in the spring of 1933. Timothy W. Ryback's ... historical narrative focuses on those first victims of the Holocaust and the investigation that followed, as [German prosecutor Josef] Hartinger sought to expose these earliest cases of state-condoned atrocity."--Book jacket.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2014.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780385352918
0385352913
Branch Call Number: 341.69 RYB
Characteristics: x, 273 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm

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IndyPL_RyanD Feb 01, 2021

Hitler’s First Victims documents several aspects of Hitler and the Nazis early rise to power, the opening of the Dachau Concentration Camp near Munich, and the work of a lawyer named Josef Hartinger to file criminal charges against some of the Dachau Camp’s leadership for the murder of four priso... Read More »


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IndyPL_RyanD Feb 01, 2021

Hitler’s First Victims documents several aspects of Hitler and the Nazis early rise to power, the opening of the Dachau Concentration Camp near Munich, and the work of a lawyer named Josef Hartinger to file criminal charges against some of the Dachau Camp’s leadership for the murder of four prisoners in 1933. Timothy Ryback’s research and writing offers interesting details of how the Nazis provoked riots and confrontations in order to declare emergency powers and detain perceived opponents of their regime under the guise of arresting them for their own protection. Ryback also does well in documenting how the Nazis took over the bureaucracy and local government systems of different regions and cities in Germany like Bavaria and Munich.

The author is able to pivot from this history of Nazi takeover to the actions of Josef Hartinger who worked for the Bavaria prosecutor’s office and medical examiner Moritz Flamm who both defied the Nazis and investigated some of the early murders and atrocities at the Dachau Concentration Camp. These two individuals visited Dachau and meticulously collected evidence against the staff of the camp. This book is recommended for readers who want to learn more about the bravery of Hartinger and Flamm while also learning about the history of Nazi Germany more specific to Munich and Bavaria.

ChristchurchLib Jan 12, 2015

Early in 1933, Adolf Hitler began to escalate his campaign to eliminate Jews and suppress dissent in Germany. A prison camp in Dachau began receiving large numbers of inmates (most of whom were Jews), and Bavarian state prosecutors received reports of suspicious deaths. Joseph Hartinger, a young lawyer in the prosecutor's office, investigated the killings despite warnings from higher-ups to leave the matter alone. Several SS guards at the camp were subsequently dismissed. Hitler's First Victims provides a compelling account of one man's remarkable attempt to block Hitler, and asks the question, what if more people had taken a stand like Hartinger did in 1933? History and Current Events January 2015 newsletter.

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