Far from the image of an apolitical, "clean" Wehrmacht that persists in popular memory, German soldiers regularly cooperated
with organizations like the SS in the abuse and murder of countless individuals. This in-depth study demonstrates that a key
factor in the criminalization of the Wehrmacht was the intense political indoctrination imposed on its members. At the instigation
of senior leadership, ordinary German soldiers and officers became ideological warriors who viewed their enemies in biological
and political terms-a project that was but one piece of the broader effort to socialize young men during the Nazi era.