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Includes bibliographical references (p. 233-246) and index.
Introduction: Sippenhaft, Terror and Fear: The Historiography of the Nazi Terror State -- 1. Sippenhaft and German Society, 1933-1945 -- 2. '... imprisonment of relatives, life, or liberty...': Sippenhaft and the Wehrmacht -- 3. Sippenhaft and the NKFD ad the BDO -- 4. '... if a man in this Reich is untrue, then he and his family will be punished...': Sippenhaft and the 20 July 1944 Plot -- 5. Sippenhaft Kinderheim: the Children of Bad Sachsa -- Conclusion.
"In the Third Reich, political dissidents were not the only ones liable to be punished for their crimes. Their parents, siblings and relatives also risked reprisals. This concept - known as Sippenhaft - was based in ideas of blood and purity. This definitive study surveys the threats, fears and infliction of this part of the Nazi system of terror"-- Provided by publisher.