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Daniel Goldhagen re-visits a question which history has treated as settled, and his research leads him to the inescapble conclusion that none of the ...Show synopsisDaniel Goldhagen re-visits a question which history has treated as settled, and his research leads him to the inescapble conclusion that none of the answers holds true. That question is: How could the Holocaust happen? His response is an exploration of German society and its ingrained anti-semitism that demands a fundamental revision of our thinking about the years 1933-1945. The author marshals fresh, primary evidence - including extensive testimony from the actual perpetrators - to show that the killers were ordinary Germans who were not compelled to act as they did (they knew they could refuse without retribution) yet they killed willingly and zealously.Hide synopsis
Hitler's Willing Executioners: Ordinary Germans and the Holocaust (Knopf Publishing Group) – Hardcover (1996)
Daniel Jonah Goldhagen
Hardcover, Knopf Publishing Group 1996
ISBN: 0679446958 ISBN-13: 9780679446958
A work of the utmost importance--as authoritative as it is explosive--Hitler's Willing Executioners will fundamentally change our perception of the Holocaust and of Germany in the Nazi period. Goldhagen reaches conclusions that are both uncompromising and savage, rejecting as inadequate the conventional historical explanations for how an entire country could allow the Holocaust to happen, and gives the first detailed, broad-ranging account of the actual killers of the Jews. 31 photos.A work of the utmost importance--as authoritative as it is explosive--Hitler's Willing Executioners will fundamentally change our perception of the Holocaust and of Germany in the Nazi period. Goldhagen reaches conclusions that are both uncompromising and savage, rejecting as inadequate the conventional historical explanations for how an entire country could allow the Holocaust to happen, and gives the first detailed, broad-ranging account of the actual killers of the Jews. 31 photos.Hide
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Description:New. Gift quality, Fine. 8vo. A superior copy in new condition....New. Gift quality, Fine. 8vo. A superior copy in new condition. Clean, unmarked pages. Good binding and cover. Hardcover and dust jacket. Description: x, 622 p. : ill.; 25 cm. Contents: Recasting the view of antisemitism: A framework for analysis--The evolution of eliminationist antisemitism in modern Germany--Eliminationist antisemitism: The "common sense" of German society during the Nazi period--The Nazis' assault on the Jews: Its character and evolution--The agents and machinery of destruction--Police battalions: Agents of genocide--Police Battalion 101: The men's deeds--Police battalion 101: Assessing the men's motives--Police battalions: Lives, killings, and motives--The sources and pattern of Jewish "work" during the Nazi period--Life in the "work" camps--Work and death--The deadly way--Marching to what end? --Explaining the perpetrators' actions: Assessing the competing explanations--Eliminationist antisemitism as genocidal motivation. Daniel Jonah Goldhagen has revisited a question that history has come to treat as settled, and his researchers have led him to the inescapable conclusion that none of the established answers holds true. That question is: "How could the Holocaust happen? " His own response is a new exploration of those who carried out the Holocaust and of German society and its ingrained anti-semitism-and it demands a fundamental revision of our thinking about the years 1933-1945. Drawing principally on materials either unexplored or neglected by previous scholars, Goldhagen marshals new, disquieting, primary evidence-including extensive testimony from the actual perpetrators themselves-to show that many beliefs about the killers are fallacies: They were not primarily SS men or Nazi Party members, but perfectly ordinary Germans from all walks of life, men (and women) who brutalized and murdered Jews both willingly and zealously. And they did so, moreover, not because they were coerced (for, as he shows irrefutably, so many were informed by their own commanders that they could refuse to kill without fear of retribution)...not because they slavishly followed orders (a view seemingly supported by Stanley Milgram's famous Yale "obedience experiment")...not because of any tremendous social, psychological, or peer pressure to conform to the behaviour of their comrades (for no such evidence exists)...and not for any reasons associated with Hannah Arendt's disputed notion of the "banality of evil." They acted as they did because of a widespread, profound, unquestioned, and virulent antisemitism that led them to regard the Jews as a demonic enemy whose extermination was not only necessary but also just. Again and again, it is the killers' own words that give us a portrait, both shocking and immediate, of their world: the organization of their daily lives, how they did what they did, their reactions to it, even their recreations in the killings fields, which included everything from sports and entertainment to the hobby of taking snapshots of their deeds and victims-to be freely exchanged and collected among themselves-leaving a devastating record of self-indictment that the author reproduces here. All of Goldhagen's documentary evidence is set within a fresh analysis of the phenomenon of German antisemitism itself, which revises many conventional views. He shows that it was already deep-rooted and pervasive in German society before Hitler came to power, and that there was a widely shared view that the Jews ought to be eliminated in some way from German society. When Hitler, ultimately, chose mass extermination as the only "final solution, " he was thus easily able to enlist vast numbers of Germans to carry it out.
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You read in one history book or another that the Nazis killed millions of Jews, and the text just passes before you without much meaning. This book takes you to the day-by-day, hour-by-hour level of how is carried out. How the order comes down to the troops (police battalions mostly) to round up the ...
This is a VERY disturbing book. It is well-written, with copious footnotes, and Goldhagen makes a VERY strong case for his belief that anti-Semitism in Germany was "in the air" LONG before Hitler, and that what Hitler did was to give that anti-Semitism a government-backed outlet.
Goldhagen uses documents ...
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