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Dachau and the SS: A Schooling in Violence

Christopher Dillon


Dachau was the most enduring and important of the concentration camps set up in the first months of Hitler’s rule. It was a bastion of the Nazi ‘revolution’ and a key springboard for the ascent of Heinrich Himmler and the SS to control of the Third Reich’s terror and policing apparatus. Throughout the pre-war era of Nazi Germany, Dachau functioned as a national academy of violence where SS concentration camp personnel were schooled in steely resolution and the techniques of terror. An international symbol of Nazi depredation, Dachau was the cradle of a new and terrible spirit of destruction. C ... More

Keywords: Dachau, Nazism, concentration camps, Schutzstaffel, perpetrators, violence, Holocaust

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780199656523
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199656523.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Christopher Dillon, author
King's College London