Todesraum: War, Peace, and the Experience of Mass Death, 1914–1945

Thomas Kühne

in The Oxford Handbook of Modern German History

Published in print September 2011 | ISBN: 9780199237395
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in History

Todesraum: War, Peace, and the Experience of Mass Death, 1914–1945


This article looks at the mass destruction that raged Europe from 1914 to 1945. The trauma of 1918, Germany's defeat and dissolution, would not stop haunting nationalist Germans until the Third Reich collapsed; many Germans took the legend of the stab in the back as a matter of fact, according to which a Jewish-communist conspiracy had betrayed the national cause and sold out the otherwise victorious army. This article further traces the Holocaust that raged Europe and in particular Germany. The condition of the Jews and the treatment meted out to them by Hitler's forces is worth noting. The concentration camps to where most of the Jews were transported are vividly described in this article. It is impossible to estimate how many Germans, whether men or women, whether at the battle front or on the home front, knew about the Holocaust, and what exactly they knew.

Keywords: mass destruction; trauma; nationalist; third reich; Holocaust; concentration camps

Article.  10781 words. 

Subjects: History ; Military History

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