Waitman Wade Beorn is Director of the Virginia Holocaust Museum in Richmond.
With a level of detail that is chilling to the bone, Beorn
demonstrates that during the first phase of the war with the Soviet
Union, a time when Germans were euphoric about their results on the
front, every single Wehrmacht unit in Belarus contained a core
group of men who could be counted on to murder Jews. Marching
into Darkness convincingly shows how and why these atrocities
could occur. A major contribution.--Karel C. Berkhoff, author of
Motherland in Danger: Soviet Propaganda during World War
Beorn's meticulously researched work confronts us with Nazi crimes, up close, as they happened. It allows us to see the choices that were available to the perpetrators, and the process by which many ordinary German soldiers gradually turned into willing criminals. In this way, it helps us to understand how such crimes were possible.
--Geoffrey P. Megargee, author of War of Annihilation: Combat and Genocide on the Eastern Front, 1941