Drunk on Genocide: Alcohol and Mass Murder in Nazi Germany
Author: Edward B. Westermann
In Drunk on Genocide, Westermann 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.
Westermann 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.
Published in association with The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum