The 12th SS Panzer Division "Hitlerjugend"

This book demythologises one of the top Waffen-SS units during the Second World War, the Hitlerjugend Division. In addition to bringing together new research in European historiography, it also represents an innovative scientific approach using social psychology. It provides insights into inner psychological mechanisms that facilitated moral disengagement and culminated in the division’s unparalleled combat motivation and war crimes. Best known for their alleged fanaticism, Nazi indoctrination and inclination to perpetrate atrocities, Hitlerjugend soldiers are analysed here using perspectives drawn from across sociology, anthropology and psychology.


Adrian Dragoș Defta is a Romanian historian specialising in Waffen-SS phenomenology. Currently he works as Researcher for the Romanian Academy. His early work explored gothic architecture in Western Europe and Cistercian ecclesiology, and his Master’s dissertation addressed the 1st SS Panzer Division “Leibstandarte Adolf Hitler”. His previous publications include Ecclesia Matrix (2010), Cistercienii (2013), and Gardă pentru Führer. Divizia Leibstandarte-SS Adolf Hitler (2017), as well as articles in various history magazines.

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ISBN: 1-5275-7090-8

ISBN13: 978-1-5275-7090-0

Release Date: 8th July 2021

Pages: 544

Price: £80.99

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