Negotiating Murder: A Panzer Signal Company and the Destruction of the Jews of Peregruznoe, 1942

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In September 1942, members of a Panzer signal company murdered thirty
to forty Jews near the tiny Soviet town of Peregruznoe. A case study of
the unit reveals that individual soldiers faced a twisted terrain of choices,
pressures, and organizational cultural norms. The author argues that the
“perpetrators” among these Wehrmacht soldiers can be placed along a
continuum of response: the commander led the activist core, followers
went along, and individual soldiers evaded participation. Investigation of
the complexities of participation and non-participation in spontaneous
acts of violence such as this helps us to understand why some men (and
units) killed while others did not.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)185-213
JournalHolocaust and Genocide Studies
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2009
Externally publishedYes

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