The book begins with a study of the atrocities, organised by location. This is the heart of the book, looking at what was done and the evidence for it, organised by location. This includes every claim made against the Waffen-SS, and dismisses a number due to a lack of evidence (or flawed evidence). As the accompanying maps demonstrate, these crimes were spread across every theatre in which the Waffen-SS serviced, starting in Poland in 1939, and spreading to Western Europe in 1940 and 1944-45, the Balkans, and most notoriously the Eastern Front.
The second part covers each unit within the SS, starting with the divisions and working down to smaller units, including the notorious Einstazgruppen. This section helps to demolish one of the favourite arguments of the various apologists and defenders of the Waffen-SS, who often claim that the ‘classic’ divisions, manned by German citizens, were simply fighting units, and try and shift the blame for the war crimes onto those units recruited outside Germany. Although some of these international units did indeed commit many atrocities, the ‘classic’ divisions were by far the worst, committing two thirds of the proven crimes.
Third comes a biographical dictionary, listing those SS officers most directly linked to war crimes, from individual criminals to division commanders.
Units and Organisations
A: Table of Corresponding Ranks
C: The Nuremberg Principles (1946)
D: Atrocity Statistics
Finally there is an examination of the issues raised by this litany of atrocities, including post-war war crime trials, the motives and methods of the various defenders of the Waffen-SS (split into ‘revisionists’, apologists’ and ‘propagandists’), and the possible causes of war crimes.
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