Album of the Damned: Snapshots From the Third Reich
by Paul Garson
The nearly 400 WWII photographs in this book were taken primarily by German soldiers; some by civilians; some by professionals embedded with the troops.
Consequently, many of them depict everyday life: jobs, weddings, dinners, musical and other social events—men and women at work and play as well as at war, a war that nearly consumed Europe.
The author acquired these photographs from some fifteen countries during a five-year research effort, reviewing more than 100,000 images from which he made his selection. He bid in auctions against museums and private collectors to create a WWII photo history unlike perhaps any other.
This book deserves one Iron Cross. I will give it 2 due to many people reading WW2 material never have seen pictures such as these from the personal collections of average German soldiers. But this book is all about trashing the reputation of the average German soldier and police officer. This book mostly features pictures of German Heer (Army) and the Ordnungspolizei (Unifomed Police) in their daily routines. No pictures of the SS camp guards or Einsatzgruppen SS units which did most of the killing of Jews, etc. Of course the Army and Waffen-SS did some killing initially on the Eastern Front, but large protests from German generals to Hitler made this come to an end. The Einsatzgruppen SS units did their dirty work once all the Wehrmacht units have moved on to the front lines.
The author will caption the pictures with awful titles (not all titles) then with mistaken and at times demeaning descriptions in which he does admit to this being only his opinion. From Cradle to Grave showing a picture of a baby wearing his dads officers cap, Trained for Pain, Calf Killers, Heartless Hunters showing a picture of German Army motorcyclists, Murder Practice, The Murder at the Desk showing Germans working in an office, etc. The pictures will show the ordinary soldiers life at play while not in combat, and the soldiers will be demeaned. Every 2-3 pages then he has a reading section that constantly reminds us of the Holocaust so the reader with consider every German soldier as being guilty. This is typical, pro-Jewish, pro-Holocaust guilter material to demean every German citizen of the Third Reich. This book has taken on good reviews from the Rolling Stone, New York Times, Publishers Weekly, etc. This trash would never sell or be welcomed to good reviews in Germany.