“Hans Safrian provides readers with excellent insight into how Adolf Eichmann and a small group of men around him were able to coordinate and manage a major portion of the Final Solution. He demonstrates that the ‘desk murderers,’ rather than simply shuffling papers, played a tremendously important role in coordinating and carrying out the murder of millions of European Jews. They were creative, pro-active, energetic, and completely devoted to their work.”
— Deborah E. Lipstadt, Dorot Professor of Modern Jewish and Holocaust Studies, Emory University
More than sixty years after the advent of the National Socialist genocides, the question still remains: how could a state-sponsored terror that took the lives of millions of men, women, and children, persecuted as Jews or Gypsies, happen? Now available in English, Hans Safrian’s path-breaking work on Adolf Eichmann and his Nazi helpers chronicles the escalation of Nazi antisemitic policies beginning in 1933 and during World War II to the “final solution.” This book examines a central group of National Socialist perpetrators who expelled German, Austrian, Czech, Slovak, Greek, Croatian, French, and Hungarian Jews and Czech Jews from their homelands and deported massive numbers of them to the ghettos, concentration camps, and killing centers of occupied Eastern Europe. Safrian reconstructs the “careers” of Eichmann and his men in connection with the implementation of racial policies, particularly the gradual marginalization of their victims and the escalation from stigmatization, divestment, and segregation to deportation, forced labor, and, finally, mass murder.
“Eichmann’s Men is a breakthrough in the study of Eichmann, his office, and the men who implemented anti-Jewish policy in the Third Reich – culminating in the grotesquely efficient management of genocide. It is the standard work on the subject; it deserves to become a classic.”
— David Cesarani, Research Professor in History, Royal Holloway, University of London
“A pioneering work on the Gestapo-SD perpetrators most central to the planning and execution of the Holocaust….finally has been translated, thanks to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum….The focus is on Eichmann’s men [and]…constitutes Safrian’s major contribution to Täterforschung and our understanding of the evolution of perpetrator mentality. With Safrian’s fine biographical sketches of these men and descriptions of their behavior,…a convincing picture of their character and motivation emerges….The view [then] broadens well beyond the Eichmann men to their collaborators in the Wehrmacht, occupation administrators, Nazi-allied governments, and indigenous populations….Thoroughly documented and well translated, Safrian’s study offers valuable insights….Students of historiography will appreciate Eichmann’s Men for its significant contributions.”
— George C. Browder, Holocaust and Genocide Studies
Hans Safrian lectures in history at the Institute für Zeitgeschichte at the University of Vienna. He was also a Pearl Resnick Fellow at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Research Team Leader for the Independent Commission of Experts – Switzerland – Second World War, and a research historian for the Historical Commission of the Republic of Austria. He is the author of numerous works on World War II and Nazi war crimes.