Family Punishment in Nazi Germany

Sippenhaft, Terror and Myth

  • Robert Loeffel

About this book


In the Third Reich, political dissidents were not the only ones liable to be punished for their crimes. Their parents, siblings and relatives also risked reprisals. This concept - known as Sippenhaft – was based in ideas of blood and purity. This definitive study surveys the threats, fears and infliction of this part of the Nazi system of terror.


empire Expansion Germany historiography Third Reich

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  • Robert Loeffel
    • 1
  1. 1.The University of New South WalesAustralia

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