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Reviewed in the United States on October 23, 2018
The book is 90% an account of atrocities committed by the subject unit. If this is the first book you read of the Holocaust then it's definitely worthwhile. If, as in my case, it's the 50th, then it's just piling on. That's not bad; it's crucial to remember the atrocities committed by the Germans, and to try to understand what enabled them. But the book promised some insight into the people who committed the atrocities. It fails to deliver anything new. Unit cohesion, dehumanization of the enemy, fear of punishment by the authorities... all things we've seen before. And I'm not saying that there IS anything new. I suspect there is not.
This would be a one-star book if it were not for the excellent discussion of the Stanley Milgram experiments and their relevance at the end, with more detail than I have previously seen on those events.