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Dr. Philip W. Blood

Independent historian and researcher, author of Birds of Prey - Hitler's Luftwaffe, Ordinary Soldiers, and the Holocaust in Poland [Ibidem Press, 2021].

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Based entirely on previously unpublished sources, Birds of Prey presents a detailed microhistory of the Nazi occupation of Białowieźa Forest, Poland’s national park. 

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

It is clear now, the Luftwaffe, the German hunt and the state forestry were institutional perpetrators of Lebensraum and genocide. Until this point, the Luftwaffe had not been identified in specific acts of genocide or placed at large scale killings of Jews, civilians and partisans.

This gap in the historical record had been facilitated by destruction of the Luftwaffe’s records in 1945. By using using Geographical Information System software, and going through the painstaking, forensic process of piecing  this evidence together - is has been possible to decipher previously obscure reports and reveal patterns of Nazi brutality. The acquisition of evidence, the scientific research and the book has taken ten years to complete.

"...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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