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Dr. Philip W. Blood

Independent historian and researcher.

Author:

Birds of Prey: Hitler's Luftwaffe, Ordinary Soldiers, and the Holocaust in Poland, (Ibidem Press, 2021).

Hitler's Bandit Hunters: The SS and the Nazi Occupation of Europe, (Potomac, 2008).

philipwblood@gmail.com

Birds of Prey

Birds of Prey: Hitler's Luftwaffe, Ordinary Soldiers and the Holocaust in Poland

"This is the smoking gun of all your research."

Professor Richard E. Holmes, 18 February 2001

Birds of Prey: Hitler's Luftwaffe, Ordinary Soldiers and the Holocaust in Poland

It has taken ten years to foreniscally gather and analyse all the evidence needed, but Dr. Philip W. Blood's new book - Birds of Prey - now proves that the Luftwaffe, the German hunt and the state forestry were institutional perpetrators of Lebensraum and genocide.

Based entirely on previously unpublished sources, Birds of Prey presents a detailed microhistory of the Nazi occupation of Białowieźa Forest, Poland’s national park. 

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Birds of Prey is the synthesis of six fields of research: Hitler’s Luftwaffe, the hunt and environmental history, Colonialism and Nazi Lebensraum, military geography, the Holocaust, and the war in the east.

 

The narrative stretches from Göring’s palatial lifestyle to the common soldier on the ground - killing Jews, partisans and civilians. By weaving a narrative about Hermann Göring, his inner circle and ordinary soldiers, Birds of Prey reveals the Nazi ambition to aggregate East Prussia, the Bialystok region and the Ukraine into a common eastern frontier of the Greater German state.

> Listen to Philip's interview
with Matt Bone

The Luftwaffe, the German hunt and forestry were Hitler's instruments for the perpetration of Lebensraum and genocide in Poland. The Luftwaffe's participation in acts of genocide included the killings of Jews, civilians and partisans. The perpetrators believed this historical record was lost in the destruction of the Luftwaffe’s records in 1945. Through painstaking forensic research, employing Geographical Information System software, and restoring the evidence, this book is a study Nazi brutality at its most intimate - through the actions of ordinary soldiers.

"...a microhistory of the Nazi occupation of Białowieźa Forest, Poland’s national park, revealing how the Luftwaffe, the German hunt, and the state forestry were institutional perpetrators of Lebensraum and genocide."

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