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Animals in the Third Reich, second edition. Providence (Yogh & Thorn Books, 2013).

 

 

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  • Selected as an "Outstanding Academic Yitle" of the Year 2000
  • This important book explores the relationship between the Third Reich and animals -- as symbols, as myths, and as living creatures. From a review in Choice: "Rarely does a book contribute to two fields so significantly as this one. Sax, an independent scholar and consultant to various human rights organizations, has written the first book to explore thoroughly the Nazi cult of animals. In a way, this book reads like a mystery novel, as it uncovers some of the chief paradoxes of Nazi ideology. The Nazis promoted vegetarianism and passed the most progressive anti-cruelty laws the world has ever known. Yet they also developed a mystical technocracy that reduced morality to the crudest version of a biological struggle for survival...This book is a must for all collections in German history and in animal rights. It is a deep and profound reflection on the complex and perplexing ways that animals can shape human culture and politics." (Choice, S.H. Webb).
  • This second, expanded edition includes a new essay on "Nazi Totemism."
  • ""Animals in the Third Reich is not just a book about Nazis or animals but also a revealing insight into the rest of us mortals who have increasingly blurred the boundary between humans and animals in a way that betrays both as sentient beings. In the course of his fascinating study, Boria Sax has managed to uncover some very important connections between how the Nazis perceived and treated animals, and how they treated people, especially those-Jews, Gypsies, homosexuals, the mentally ill and challenged-they considered to be biologically inferior." —Klaus P. Fischer, author of Nazi Germany: A New History and The History of an Obsession: German Judeophophia and the Holocaust
  • "In this fascinating study, Sax, an intellectual historian and author, explores the elaborate system the Nazis developed using animal symbols to characterize different types of people and in the process provides a thought-provoking commentary of man's relationship with the animal kingdom." —Book News
  • "It is difficult to find as aspect of the Holocaust that has not already been extensively analyzed but Boria Sax has done just that with this book on the place of animals in the development and worldview of Nazism. In so doing, he not only throws new light on the Nazis and on the Holocaust, he also forces us to confront our own uncertainties and ambivalences about what is human, what is animal and what is the difference. This is an intensely personal book, eloquently written but nonetheless full of erudition and scholarship. Sax draws the reader in and takes him or her on a smooth but demanding examination of humanity's relationship with animals and nature in the context of the Nazis and the Holocaust. He accomplishes this without trivializing either topic, which is, in itself, a remarkable achievement." —Andrew N. Rowan, Senior Vice-President, The Humane Society of America
  • "Animals in the Third Reich is not just a book about Nazis or animals but also a revealing insight into the rest of us mortals who have increasingly blurred the boundary between humans and animals in a way that betrays both as sentient beings. In the course of his fascinating study, Boria Sax has managed to uncover some very important connections between how the Nazis perceived and treated animals, and how they treated people, especially those-Jews, Gypsies, homosexuals, the mentally ill and challenged-they considered to be biologically inferior." —Klaus P. Fischer, author of Nazi Germany: A New History and The History of an Obsession: German Judeophophia and the Holocaust
  • "In this fascinating study, Sax, an intellectual historian and author, explores the elaborate system the Nazis developed using animal symbols to characterize different types of people and in the process provides a thought-provoking commentary of man's relationship with the animal kingdom." —Book News
  • "It is difficult to find as aspect of the Holocaust that has not already been extensively analyzed but Boria Sax has done just that with this book on the place of animals in the development and worldview of Nazism. In so doing, he not only throws new light on the Nazis and on the Holocaust, he also forces us to confront our own uncertainties and ambivalences about what is human, what is animal and what is the difference. This is an intensely personal book, eloquently written but nonetheless full of erudition and scholarship. Sax draws the reader in and takes him or her on a smooth but demanding examination of humanity's relationship with animals and nature in the context of the Nazis and the Holocaust. He accomplishes this without trivializing either topic, which is, in itself, a remarkable achievement." —Andrew N. Rowan, Senior Vice-President, The Humane Society of America
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