From: H-GERMAN EDITOR Dan Rogers <>
List Editor: H-GERMAN EDITOR Dan Rogers <>
Editor's Subject: Query: Memoirs of Holocaust Perpetrators
Author's Subject: Query: Memoirs of Holocaust Perpetrators
Date Written: Mon, 6 Nov 1995 08:47:10 -0600
Date Posted: Mon, 6 Nov 1995 08:47:10 -0600

Submitted by:   Bruce B. Campbell <>

A student asked me recently if I knew of any memoirs by perpetrators
of the Holocaust, in which they expressed remorse or any explanation
of why they did such terrible things. I confess, nothing springs to
mind. There is some material in Brownings _Ordinary Men_, and in
the film "Shoah", and there are the exculpatory books by Speer. There
is also the book by Klee et al, _The Good Old Days_, but it contains
material produced during the war, and not afterwards. I also know of
a number of memoirs by military or even Waffen-SS men, but they tend
to avoid the Holocaust or minimize their own participation in it. Can
anybody help out?

Bruce Campbell
Old Dominion University

[editor's query: I have also had a student ask me if there is any memoir
literature by Jews who took part in enforcing the camp system,
specifically Kapos.  I would be grateful for assistance here.
        In response to Bruce's query above, I can suggest Gitta Sereny's
_Into That Darkness_, which contains long conversations between Sereny and
Franz Stangl, the former commandant of Treblinka and Sobibor.  Sereny has
also just published _Albert Speer: His Battle with Truth_ (Knopf, 1995).
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