Feldman and Seibel - Chapter 18
Organized Chaos and Effective Persecution — An Unexplained Paradox
Starting with Franz L. Neumann's "Behemoth,"1 the history of theoretical
reasoning on Nazi Germany and division-of-labor-based mass crime is
closely connected to characterizations of Nazi dictatorship as "polycratic"
or even as "organized chaos."2 German occupation administration during
World War II in particular is usually portrayed as an example of disorganized
and ineffective governance.3 How can we explain, then, the building of
an effective terror apparatus stretching all over German-controlled Europe?
Obviously, the question is most challenging with respect to the persecution
and annihilation of European Jewry.