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Drunk on Genocide: Alcohol and Mass Murder in Nazi Germany

Edward B. Westermann


This book reveals how, over the course of the Third Reich, scenes involving alcohol consumption and revelry among the SS and police became a routine part of rituals of humiliation in the camps, ghettos, and killing fields of Eastern Europe. The book draws on a vast range of newly unearthed material to explore how alcohol consumption served as a literal and metaphorical lubricant for mass murder. It facilitated “performative masculinity,” expressly linked to physical or sexual violence. Such inebriated exhibitions extended from meetings of top Nazi officials to the rank and file, celebrating at ... More

Keywords: Third Reich, alcohol consumption, performative masculinity, drinking ritual, sexual violence, mass murder, celebratory ritual, Nazi genocide, European Jews

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9781501754197
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: September 2021 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501754197.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Edward B. Westermann, author
Texas A&M University, San Antonio