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The stunningly and powerful book Ordinary Men was written by Christopher R Browning Browning is a professor of History at the Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma Washington He is a contributor to Yad Vashems official twenty-four-volume history of the Holocaust Browning also wrote many other books on this subject His book Ordinary Men reveals the truth about how a unit of average middle-aged Germans became the cold-blooded murderers of tens of thousands of Jews Reich says Browning tells us how they were transformed psychologically from ordinary mento active participants in the most monstrous crime in history In the aftermath of Germanys defeat in World War I a revolution broke out The Order police resulted from the third attempt in interwar Germany to create large Police formation with military training and equipment As the army dissolved military officers and government officials who were afraid of being swept away by the revolution organized paramilitary units known as Freikorps When the situation became stable in 1919 the Freikorps men merged with regular police into formation stations in barracks to combat further resurgence The allies demanded the dissolution of these police units in 1920 as a violation of the clause of the Versailles Treaty that limited Germanys army to 100000 men Remak 3 In 1933 after the establishment of the Nazi regime a police armyArmee der Landespolizei of 56000 men was created They were given full military training as part of Germanys covert rearmament In 1935 when Hitler openly defied the Versailles Treaty and reintroduced military conscription the police army was merged with the regular army to provide commissioned and non-commissioned officers As of 1942 97 Generals in the German army had served in the police army of 1933-35 Browning 4 Browning states the preservation of large military formations within the police had to await the appointment of Heinrich Himmler already head of the SS as chief of German police in 1936 with jurisdiction
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