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Dachau and the SS


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Introduction 1: 'We'll Meet Again in Dachau': The Early Dachau SS 2: The Dachau Guard Troops 3: The Dachau Commandant Staff 4: The Dachau SS and the Prisoners 5: 'Tolerance Means Weakness': The Dachau SS and Masculinity 6: The Dachau SS and the Locality Epilogue Appendix: SS ranks

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Prior to joining the department as a Lecturer in Modern European History in 2012, Christopher Dillon taught at the University of London's Birkbeck, Queen Mary, and Goldsmiths colleges. He studied for his PhD at Birkbeck (awarded in 2011) as part of an AHRC-funded project on the pre-war National Socialist concentration camps, having received his MA from Sussex and his BA from Exeter.


provides revealing insights not only into the camp's personnel, but also into the dynamic nature of Nazi violence more generally * David Motadel, The Times Literary Supplement *
An assiduously researched and intelligently argued book that takes our understanding of the camp personnel to a different level. Even in a crowded field such as this, it genuinely stands out - above all, perhaps, in its account of the dynamics of masculine identity creation and performance in Dachau, opening up new terrain on gender and murder in this context. * Neil Gregor, Times Higher Education *
Dillon has produced a highly readable history of the Dachau SS units during the prewar years that offers a great deal of new information and is recommended reading for everyone who is interested in the connection between violence and masculinity under National Socialism. * Marc Buggeln, American Historical Review *
Dillon's monograph is a thoughtful addition to the scholarly literature on the concentration camp system and perpetrator motivations. * Edward B. Westermann, Holocaust and Genocide Studies *
In this richly textured history of the first Nazi concentration camp, Christopher Dillon ... offers an innovative approach, exemplary research and some intriguing analysis of SS perpetrators in Dachau and other Nazi camps. * Catherine Epstein, English Historical Review *
In a penetrating analysis, he shows that their violence was not only the result of broader Nazi ideology but emerged also from a localized Bavarian context of racism and vendetta, deeply influenced by the memory of civil war and revolutionary violence dating back to 1919 ... Dillon adds detail to the story of the harsh, sometimes humiliating, training of SS recruits, the meaning of their pseudo-military deportment, and the generational dimension. * Alan Kramer, Journal of Modern History *
chillingly informative * Sheldon Kirshner, Sheldon Kirshner Journal *
a major contribution to research on Nazi perpetrators. * Johannes Lang, British Journal for Military History *

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