- Narrated by: Suzanne Toren
- Length: 8 hrs and 22 mins
- Unabridged Audiobook
- Release date: 03-10-13
- Language: English
- Publisher: Random House Audiobooks
However, Wendy Lower’s research into the very ordinary women who went out to the Nazi Eastern Front reveals an altogether different story. For ambitious young women, the emerging Nazi empire represented a kind of Wild East of career and matrimonial opportunity. Over half a million of them set off for these new lands, where most of the worst crimes of the Reich would occur.
Through the interwoven biographies of 13 women, the listener follows the transformation of young nurses, teachers, secretaries, and wives who start out in Weimar and Nazi Germany as ambitious idealists and end up as witnesses, accomplices, and perpetrators of the genocide in Ukraine, Poland, and Belarus.
Hitler’s Furies presents overwhelming evidence that the women in these territories actively participated in the mass murder - and some became killers. In the case of women like Erna Petri, who brought her family to her husband’s impressive Polish SS estate, we find brutality as chilling as any in history. Hitler’s Furies is indelible proof that we have not known what we need to know about the role of women in the Nazi killing fields - or about how it could have been hidden for 70 years. It shows that genocide is women’s business as well as men’s and that, in ignoring women’s culpability, we have ignored the reality of the Holocaust.
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By D. A. Adam on 25-02-14
The Role of German Women in the Holocaust
If you could sum up Hitler's Furies in three words, what would they be?
Difficult. Uncomfortable, Explosive
What did you like best about this story?
The direct manner in which the subject matter was tackled
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
The cruelty displayed to children in particular was galling
Any additional comments?
Well worth the discomfort. This female history is long overdue!
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
By Teresa Cooper on 25-11-15
You never know what happened!!
Well written and, given that a lot of the documents for this era were destroyed by the SS and other branches of Hitler's army, very well researched. Given the subject matter Suzanne Toren has narrated the book very well. We're told of acts of violence women performed for Hitler. Well worth the read.