Ordinary Germans and the Holocaust

Author: Daniel Jonah Goldhagen

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 9780307426239

Category: History

Page: 656

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This groundbreaking international bestseller lays to rest many myths about the Holocaust: that Germans were ignorant of the mass destruction of Jews, that the killers were all SS men, and that those who slaughtered Jews did so reluctantly. Hitler's Willing Executioners provides conclusive evidence that the extermination of European Jewry engaged the energies and enthusiasm of tens of thousands of ordinary Germans. Goldhagen reconstructs the climate of "eliminationist anti-Semitism" that made Hitler's pursuit of his genocidal goals possible and the radical persecution of the Jews during the 1930s popular. Drawing on a wealth of unused archival materials, principally the testimony of the killers themselves, Goldhagen takes us into the killing fields where Germans voluntarily hunted Jews like animals, tortured them wantonly, and then posed cheerfully for snapshots with their victims. From mobile killing units, to the camps, to the death marches, Goldhagen shows how ordinary Germans, nurtured in a society where Jews were seen as unalterable evil and dangerous, willingly followed their beliefs to their logical conclusion. "Hitler's Willing Executioner's is an original, indeed brilliant contribution to the...literature on the Holocaust."--New York Review of Books "The most important book ever published about the Holocaust...Eloquently written, meticulously documented, impassioned...A model of moral and scholarly integrity."--Philadelphia Inquirer From the Trade Paperback edition.
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Ordinary Germans and the Holocaust

Author: Daniel Jonah Goldhagen

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 0679772685

Category: History

Page: 634

View: 6885

A revisionist study of Nazi Germany and the Holocaust reveals why ordinary Germans from all walks of life participated willingly in the extermination of the Jews. Reprint. 125,000 first printing. Tour.
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The Role of the Church in the Holocaust and Its Unfulfilled Duty of Repair

Author: Daniel Jonah Goldhagen

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 9780307424440

Category: History

Page: 416

View: 1388

With his first book, Hitler’s Willing Executioners, Daniel Jonah Goldhagen dramatically revised our understanding of the role ordinary Germans played in the Holocaust. Now he brings his formidable powers of research and argument to bear on the Catholic Church and its complicity in the destruction of European Jewry. What emerges is a work that goes far beyond the familiar inquiries—most of which focus solely on Pope Pius XII—to address an entire history of hatred and persecution that culminated, in some cases, in an active participation in mass-murder. More than a chronicle, A Moral Reckoning is also an assessment of culpability and a bold attempt at defining what actions the Church must take to repair the harm it did to Jews—and to repair itself. Impressive in its scholarship, rigorous in its ethical focus, the result is a book of lasting importance. From the Trade Paperback edition.
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Genocide, Eliminationism, and the Ongoing Assault on Humanity

Author: Daniel Jonah Goldhagen

Publisher: PublicAffairs

ISBN: 0786746564

Category: Political Science

Page: 672

View: 2084

Daniel Jonah Goldhagen's books are events. They stir passionate public debate among political and civic leaders, scholars, and the general public because they compel people to rethink the most powerful conventional wisdoms and stubborn moral problems of the day. Worse Than War gets to the heart of the phenomenon, genocide, that has caused more deaths in the modern world than military conflict. In doing so, it challenges fundamental things we thought we knew about human beings, society, and politics. Drawing on extensive field work and research from around the world, Goldhagen explores the anatomy of genocide—explaining why genocides begin, are sustained, and end; why societies support them, why they happen so frequently and how the international community should and can successfully stop them. As a great book should, Worse than War seeks to change the way we think and to offer new possibilities for a better world. It tells us how we might at last begin to eradicate this greatest scourge of humankind.
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The Goldhagen Thesis and Historical Truth

Author: Norman G. Finkelstein,Ruth Bettina Birn

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 0805058710

Category: History

Page: 148

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Attempts to refute the claim that Germans supported the Jews' executions during the Holocaust
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Hitler's willing executioners and Daniel Goldhagen

Author: Fred Kautz

Publisher: Black Rose Books

ISBN: N.A

Category: History

Page: 190

View: 2665

Demands a fundmental revision in our thinking of the years between 1933-1945.
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Reserve Police Battalion 101 and the Final Solution in Poland

Author: Christopher R. Browning

Publisher: HarperCollins

ISBN: 0062303031

Category: History

Page: 384

View: 6346

Christopher R. Browning’s shocking account of how a unit of average middle-aged Germans became the cold-blooded murderers of tens of thousands of Jews—now with a new afterword and additional photographs. Ordinary Men is the true story of Reserve Police Battalion 101 of the German Order Police, which was responsible for mass shootings as well as round-ups of Jewish people for deportation to Nazi death camps in Poland in 1942. Browning argues that most of the men of RPB 101 were not fanatical Nazis but, rather, ordinary middle-aged, working-class men who committed these atrocities out of a mixture of motives, including the group dynamics of conformity, deference to authority, role adaptation, and the altering of moral norms to justify their actions. Very quickly three groups emerged within the battalion: a core of eager killers, a plurality who carried out their duties reliably but without initiative, and a small minority who evaded participation in the acts of killing without diminishing the murderous efficiency of the battalion whatsoever. While this book discusses a specific Reserve Unit during WWII, the general argument Browning makes is that most people succumb to the pressures of a group setting and commit actions they would never do of their own volition. Ordinary Men is a powerful, chilling, and important work with themes and arguments that continue to resonate today. “A remarkable—and singularly chilling—glimpse of human behavior...This meticulously researched book...represents a major contribution to the literature of the Holocaust."—Newsweek
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The Rise and Threat of Global Antisemitism

Author: Daniel Jonah Goldhagen

Publisher: Little, Brown

ISBN: 0316250309

Category: Religion

Page: 496

View: 9373

A groundbreaking--and terrifying--examination of the widespread resurgence of antisemitism in the 21st century, by the prize-winning and #1 internationally bestselling author of Hitler's Willing Executioners. Antisemitism never went away, but since the turn of the century it has multiplied beyond what anyone would have predicted. It is openly spread by intellectuals, politicians and religious leaders in Europe, Asia, the Arab world, America and Africa and supported by hundreds of millions more. Indeed, today antisemitism is stronger than any time since the Holocaust. In THE DEVIL THAT NEVER DIES, Daniel Jonah Goldhagen reveals the unprecedented, global form of this age-old hatred; its strategic use by states; its powerful appeal to individuals and groups; and how technology has fueled the flames that had been smoldering prior to the millennium. A remarkable work of intellectual brilliance, moral stature, and urgent alarm, THE DEVIL THAT NEVER DIES is destined to be one of the most provocative and talked-about books of the year.
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History, Memory, Nazism--facing the German Past

Author: Geoff Eley

Publisher: University of Michigan Press

ISBN: 9780472067527

Category: History

Page: 172

View: 7033

Scholars examine Daniel Goldhagen's legacy in the United States, Europe, and Israel
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Author: Ian Kershaw

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 0300148232

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 401

View: 7671

This volume presents a comprehensive, multifaceted picture both of the destructive dynamic of the Nazi leadership and of the attitudes and behavior of ordinary Germans as the persecution of the Jews spiraled into total genocide.
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Author: Jim Grimsley

Publisher: Tor Books

ISBN: 1466800208

Category: Fiction

Page: 368

View: 8773

Jim Grimsley's novels and short stories have been favorably compared to the works of Samuel R. Delany, Jack Vance, and Ursula K. Le Guin. Now he unleashes an ambitious and audacious collision between science and magic. The Twil Gate links two very different realms. On one side of the portal is Senal, an advanced technological civilization of some thirty billion inhabitants, all cybernetically linked and at war with machine intelligences many light-years away. On the other side is Irion, a land of myth and legend, where the world is flat and mighty wizards once ruled. Jedda Martele is a linguist and trader from Senal. Although fascinated by the languages and cultures of Irion, she shares her people's assumption that Irion is backward and superstitious and no match for her homeland's superior numbers and technology. But as the two realms march inevitably toward war, Jedda finds herself at the center of historic, unimaginable events that will challenge everything she has ever believed about the world---and herself. The Ordinary is a powerful and entrancing tale of magic, science, and the mysterious truth that binds them together. At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.
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The Gestapo, Jews, and Ordinary Germans

Author: Eric A. Johnson

Publisher: Basic Books

ISBN: 9780465049080

Category: History

Page: 664

View: 3984

Nazi Terror tackles the central aspect of the Nazi dictatorship head on by focusing on the roles of the individual and of society in making terror work. Based on years of research in Gestapo archives, on more than 1,100 Gestapo and "special court" case files, and on surveys and interviews with German perpetrators, Jewish victims and ordinary Germans who experienced the Third Reich firsthand, Johnson's book settles many nagging questions about who, exactly, was responsible for what, who knew what, and when they knew it. Nazi Terror is the most fine-grained portrait we may ever have of the mechanism of terror in a dictatorship.
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Ordinary Germans and the Holocaust

Author: Simon Taylor,Tom Stammers

Publisher: CRC Press

ISBN: 1351352326

Category: History

Page: 104

View: 8566

Daniel Goldhagen's study of the Holocaust offers conclusions that run directly counter to those reached by Christopher Browning, whose book Ordinary Men is also the subject of a Macat analysis. As such, the two analyses make possible some interesting critical thinking exercises focused on evaluation of the evidence used by the two historians. For Goldhagen, a chief reason for German actions was not the mundane good comradeship stressed by Browning, but a longstanding hatred of Jews and Judaism specific to Germany that dated back well into the previous century. Debating which historian is right, which has made better use of the available evidence, which has most successfully written objectively – and which advances the most secure interpretation of contested documents – forces students to think critically about one of the most important and (on the surface at least) incomprehensible events of the past century.
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The Holocaust, Industrial Killing, and Representation

Author: Omer Bartov

Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand

ISBN: 019509848X

Category: History

Page: 251

View: 6821

Murder in our Midst analyses the ways in which the Holocaust has been represented in a variety of media - academic histories, popular literature, poetry, cinema, art, memorials, and museums. Bartov addresses such issues as how different cultures have come to terms with the Holocaust and with what effects in times of peace and war.
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Author: Gerald Fleming

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 9780520060227

Category: History

Page: 219

View: 7609

Probing the culpability of Adolf Hitler regarding the Holocaust, this study asserts that the Fuhrer personally designed and ordered the extermination of the Jewish people--the Final Solution carried out by Himmler and the SS
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The World of the Holocaust Killers

Author: Guenter Lewy

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0190661151

Category: History

Page: 256

View: 836

"Monsters exist, but they are too few in number to be truly dangerous. More dangerous are the common men, the functionaries ready to believe and to act without asking questions." Primo Levi's words disclose a chilling truth: assigning blame to hideous political leaders, such as Hitler, Himmler, and Heydrich, is necessary but not sufficient to explain how the Holocaust could have happened. These leaders, in fact, relied on many thousands of ordinary men and women who made the Nazi machine work on a daily basis--members of the killing squads, guards accompanying the trains to the extermination camps, civilian employees of the SS, the drivers of gas trucks, and the personnel of death factories such as Auschwitz. Why did these ordinary people collaborate and willingly become mass murderers? In Perpetrators: The World of the Holocaust Killers, Guenter Lewy tries to answer one of history's most disturbing questions. Lewy draws on a wealth of previously untapped sources, including letters and diaries of soldiers who served in Russia, the recollections of Jewish survivors, archival documents, and most importantly, the trial records of hundreds of Nazi functionaries. The result is a ghastly, extraordinarily detailed portrait of the Holocaust perpetrators, their mindset, and the motivations for their actions. Combining a rigorous historical analysis with psychological insight, the book explores the dynamics of participation in large-scale atrocities, offering a thought-provoking and timely reflection on individual responsibility for collective crimes. Lewy concludes that the perpetrators acted out of a variety of motives--a sense of duty, obedience to authority, thirst for career, and a blind faith in anti-Semitic ideology, among others. A witness to the 1938 Kristallnacht himself and the son of a concentration camp survivor, Lewy has searched for the reasons of the Holocaust out of far more than theoretical interest: it is a passionate attempt to illuminate a dismal chapter of his life--and of human history--that cannot be forgotten.
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Terror, Mass Murder, and Everyday Life in Nazi Germany

Author: Eric A. Johnson,Karl-Heinz Reuband

Publisher: Basic Books

ISBN: 0786722002

Category: History

Page: 464

View: 2885

The horrors of the Nazi regime and the Holocaust still present some of the most disturbing questions in modern history: Why did Hitler's party appeal to millions of Germans, and how entrenched was anti-Semitism among the population? How could anyone claim, after the war, that the genocide of Europe's Jews was a secret? Did ordinary non-Jewish Germans live in fear of the Nazi state? In this unprecedented firsthand analysis of daily life as experienced in the Third Reich, What We Knew offers answers to these most important questions. Combining the expertise of Eric A. Johnson, an American historian, and Karl-Heinz Reuband, a German sociologist, What We Knew is the most startling oral history yet of everyday life in theThird Reich.
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Author: Richard A. Etlin

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 0226220877

Category: Art

Page: 384

View: 4843

This work explores the ways in which Nazi Germany used art and media to portray their country as a champion of Kultur and civilization. Revealing how multiple domains of cultural activity served to conceptually de-humanize Jews, this work shows how the seeds of the Holocaust were sown.
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The Holocaust as Seen by Its Perpetrators and Bystanders

Author: Ernst Klee,Willi Dressen,Volker Riess

Publisher: Konecky Konecky

ISBN: 9781568521336

Category: History

Page: 314

View: 7311

One of the most painfully riveting books of our time. A first hand account of the greatest mass murder in history as told by the active and passive participants in genocide. What is different about this book is that it contains carefully compiled letters, journal entries and voluminous correspondence that prove beyond doubt that more members of the German population than ever before admitted to, knew about the Holocaust while it was happening.
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German Women in the Nazi Killing Fields

Author: Wendy Lower

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 0547807414

Category: History

Page: 272

View: 4289

“Compelling . . . Lower brings to the forefront an unexplored aspect of the Holocaust.” —Washington Post In a surprising account that powerfully revises history, Wendy Lower uncovers the role of German women on the Nazi eastern front—not only as plunderers and direct witnesses, but as actual killers. Lower, drawing on twenty years of archival research and fieldwork, presents startling evidence that these women were more than “desk murderers” or comforters of murderous German men: they went on “shopping sprees” and romantic outings to the Jewish ghettos; they were present at killing-field picnics, not only providing refreshment but also shooting Jews. And Lower uncovers the stories of SS wives with children of their own whose brutality is as chilling as any in history. Hitler’s Furies challenges our deepest beliefs: women can be as brutal as men, and the evidence can be hidden for seventy years. “Disquieting . . . Earlier books about the Holocaust have offered up poster girls of brutality and atrocity . . . [Lower’s] insight is to track more mundane lives, and to argue for a vastly wider complicity.” —New York Times “An unsettling but significant contribution to our understanding of how nationalism, and specifically conceptions of loyalty, are normalized, reinforced, and regulated.” —Los Angeles Review of Books
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