The Master Plan

The Master Plan

Himmler's Scholars and the Holocaust

Book - 2006
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A groundbreaking history of the Nazi research institute whose work helped lead to the extermination of millions

In 1935, Heinrich Himmler established a Nazi research institute called The Ahnenerbe, whose mission was to send teams of scholars around the world to search for proof of Ancient Aryan conquests. But history was not their most important focus. Rather, the Ahnenerbe was an essential part of Himmler's master plan for the Final Solution. The findings of the institute were used to convince armies of SS men that they were entitled to slaughter Jews and other groups. And Himmler also hoped to use the research as a blueprint for the breeding of a new Europe in a racially purer mold.

The Master Plan is a groundbreaking expos_ of the work of German scientists and scholars who allowed their research to be warped to justify extermination, and who directly participated in the slaughter--many of whom resumed their academic positions at war's end. It is based on Heather Pringle's extensive original research, including previously ignored archival material and unpublished photographs, and interviews with living members of the institute and their survivors.

A sweeping history told with the drama of fiction, The Master Plan is at once horrifying, transfixing, and monumentally important to our comprehension of how something as unimaginable as the Holocaust could have progressed from fantasy to reality.
Publisher: New York : Hyperion, 2006.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780786868865
Branch Call Number: 323.143 P936
Characteristics: xii, 463 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm


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Sep 20, 2010

All about tracking the Nazis, nothing substantive about the artifacts they were looking for.


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