Academic journal article Military Review

SCOURGE OF THE SWASTIKA: A Short History of Nazi War Crimes/KNIGHTS OF BUSHIDO: A Short History of Japanese War Crimes

Academic journal article Military Review

SCOURGE OF THE SWASTIKA: A Short History of Nazi War Crimes/KNIGHTS OF BUSHIDO: A Short History of Japanese War Crimes

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SCOURGE OF THE SWASTIKA: A Short History of Nazi War Crimes, Lord Russell of Liverpool, Stackpole Books, Mechanicsburg, PA, (1954), 2002, 384 pages, $34.95.

KNIGHTS OF BUSHIDO: A Short History of Japanese War Crimes, Lord Russell of Liverpool, Cassell & Company, Ltd., London, (1958), 2002, Greenhill Books/Lionel Leventhal Limited, London, 352 pages, $34.95.

Lord Russell uses his experience as a lawyer during the Nuremburg Trials to illuminate the abuses of the key Axis regimes of World War II. This pair of books serves as a stark reminder of the dangers of appeasement and pacifism in the face of a fanatical, ideological, and nondemocratic enemy. The Nazis and the Imperial Japanese promised to expand their power, and they broadcasted their virulent nationalist policies but were largely placated by Western democracies. Lord Russell highlights the cost of that tolerance.

In Scourge of the Swastika: A Short History of Nazi War Crimes, Lord Russell rises above the well-known abuses of the holocaust to highlight Nazi abuses on a broader and more savage scale. he documents the slow, deliberate erosion of German democracy during the Nazi's inexorable drive toward tyranny. He brings the Gestapo, the SS, and the Army into full view and exposes their willing roles in state-sponsored repression. …

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