Friday, March 14, 2008
Master Plan:Himmler's Scholars and the Holocaust by Heather Pringle this is a history of the SS Department [the Ahnenerbe] responsible for the creation of pseudoscience and pseudohistory that supported Nazi goals and ideals. There's quite a bit here about the Holocaust including the attempts to rationalize race based distinctions. Perhaps the most interesting section was a discussion of museum looting in Poland. Before the war archaeological and anthropological teams were sent out into the Middle East they also happen to do some spying. Pringle is a science writer so there are few historically inaccurate statements but nothing to infuriating. The book contains endnotes in the bibliography.