Hitler's Willing Executioners: Ordinary Germans and the

Hitler's Willing Executioners: Ordinary Germans and the


Hitler's Willing Executioners: Ordinary Germans and the Holocaust [Read] ➱ Hitler's Willing Executioners: Ordinary Germans and the Holocaust By Daniel Jonah Goldhagen – Centrumpowypadkowe.co.uk 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 wh This groundbreaking international bestseller lays to rest many Executioners: Ordinary PDF/EPUB ¿ 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 Hitler's Willing PDF/EPUB or the radical persecution of the Jews during the s 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 Willing Executioners: Ordinary Epub à beliefs to their logical conclusion Hitler s Willing Executioner s is an original, indeed brilliant contribution to theliterature on the Holocaust New York Review of books The most important book ever published about the HolocaustEloquently written, meticulously documented, impassionedA model of moral and scholarly integrity Philadelphia Inquirer From the Trade Paperback edition.

  • Hardcover
  • 622 pages
  • Hitler's Willing Executioners: Ordinary Germans and the Holocaust
  • Daniel Jonah Goldhagen
  • English
  • 13 June 2018
  • 0316879428

About the Author: Daniel Jonah Goldhagen

Daniel Jonah Goldhagen is a controversial American author Executioners: Ordinary PDF/EPUB ¿ and former associate professor of political science and social studies at Harvard University Goldhagen reached international attention and broad criticism as the author of two books about the Holocaust Hitler s Willing Executioners and A Moral Reckoning He is also the author of Worse Than War , which examines the phenomenon of genocide The book Hitler s Willing Executioners Ordinary Germans and the Holocaust sparked controversy in the press and academic Hitler's Willing PDF/EPUB or circles Some historians have characterized its reception as an extension of the Historikerstreit, the German historiographical debate of the s that sought to explain Nazi history The book was a publishing phenomenon , achieving fame in both the United States and Germany despite being criticized by some historians, who called it ahistorical and, according to Holocaust historian Raul Hilberg, totally wrong about everything and worthless Due to its alleged generalizing hypothesis about Germans, it has been characterized as anti German The Israeli historian Willing Executioners: Ordinary Epub à Yehuda Bauer claims that Goldhagen stumbles badly, Bauer argues that Goldhagen s thesis does not work and charges that the anti German bias of his book, almost a racist bias however much he may deny it leads nowhere The American historian Fritz Stern denounced the book as unscholarly and full of racist Germanophobia Hilberg summarised the debates, by the end of , it was clear that in sharp distinction from lay readers, much of the academic world had wiped Goldhagen off the map Source.



10 thoughts on “Hitler's Willing Executioners: Ordinary Germans and the Holocaust

  1. Matt Matt says:

    Everyone knows it s hard to get published There are a lot of authors and a lot of books, and it s difficult to stand out among the sea of words It s a bit easier for memoirists, who can rely on shabby childhoods and drug addictions For a historian, it s a bit trickier One tactic is the micro history find yourself a historical footnote, and then elevate it to the turning point of mankind For example, an ambitious historian could write about the hula hoop, and how it brought about d tente be Everyone knows it s hard to get published There are a lot of authors and a lot of books, and it s difficult to stand out among the sea of words It s a bit easier for memoirists, who can rely on shabby childhoods and drug addictions For a historian, it s a bit trickier One tactic is the micro history find yourself a historical footnote, and then elevate it to the turning point of mankind For example, an ambitious historian could write about the hula hoop, and how it brought about d tente between America and the Soviet Union Don t steal my idea There is another route you can take, a road less traveled It s perilous, and might make it difficult for you to travel in the future, but it will get you noticed and in publishing, there is no such thing as bad attention What do you do Simple Make a shocking statement that insults at least 80 million people but that is at least half defensible Daniel Jonah Goldhagen nails this principle in Hitler s Willing Executioners It s why his presumably turgid Harvard dissertation was repackaged into a best selling book that most buyers probably found impossible to read Probably the most popular notion to come out of the Holocaust is Hannah Arendt s famous conception of the banality of evil The phrase, while it has a certain pseudo intellectual ring, is shallow, clich d, and specious Moreover, it was derived from Arendt s observations of Adolf Eichmann, who was fighting for his life in a Jerusalem courtroom, and thereby willing to say anything Still, there are certain aspects of the Holocaust that might qualify as banal After all, it never would have occurred without lawyers, accountants and engineers and IBM , who managed to tabulate, round up, and transport millions of Jews Presumably, many of these people never saw the awful end result of their work Goldhagen doesn t believe in this HR Block explanation of the Holocaust He does not accept that it was somehow diffused enough that most perpetrators didn t know what they were doing, or to what ends Of course, you probably already figured that out, after having read the title Suffice it to say, Hitler s Willing Executioners has a different way of explaining the Holocaust First, Goldhagen broadens the typical indictment of the Nazis to include the whole of the German people He does not lay blame simply with the tens of thousands of einsatzgruppen who shot Jews in Russia, or the camp guards who manned the wire at Auschwitz and Treblinka Rather, he casts his net over virtually all Germans, from the SS officer delivering a coup de grace with his Luger to the German stationmaster who helped the trains run on time to the German inhabitant of Dachau, who lived within sight of a concentration camp Secondly, Goldhagen posits that the Holocaust occurred because of Germany s unique brand of anti Semitism he terms this eliminationist anti Semitism It is this second point that provides the thrust of Goldhagen s book There are dozens of explanations as to why the Holocaust occurred the magnetic sway of Hitler Germanic obedience to authority various social and psychological pressures the alleged exigencies of the war Goldhagen finds these explanations unconvincing as though any explanation could possibly suffice To Goldhagen, the justification for the Holocaust begins and ends with German anti Semitism He spends roughly the first half of the book, in terms of total pages, trying to explain the nature of this mindset It is this portion of the book that will likely try the patience of most readers As I mentioned above, Hitler s Willing Executioners began life as a PhD dissertation If you ve ever read a dissertation, you know that clarity is not the foremost concern getting a PhD is Goldhagen s writing, especially in these early sections, is quite frankly, awful It is dry, turgid, overly technical, awkwardly phrased, and freighted with fancy Harvard words Goldhagen uses the word phenomenological so often it started to lose meaning for me.A discussion about German anti Semitism is not inherently complex It s not, after all, particle physics or fractal geometry Goldhagen, though, has a particular way of obfuscating the obvious, of hiding his meaning in a tangle of clauses He uses entire paragraphs to extol meanings better accomplished with a single sentence The denseness of his writing comes across as uncertainty, as though he s trying to hide the flaws in his arguments by making his arguments incomprehensible What you should get out of this section, when all is said and done, is the proposition that the anti Semitic, eliminationist mindset of the Germans caused the Holocaust The next part of the book is devoted to proving this hypothesis Goldhagen does this by way of three case studies 1 the Police Battalions 2 the work camps and 3 the death marches These sections are a bitmanageable in terms of ease of comprehension I m guessing that most of the changes in the dissertation to book transformation took place here While Goldhagen avowedly eschews any type of narrative, he does pepper the proceedings with enough first hand accounts to keep a reader at least mildly interested At the very least, it reminds you that humans were involved in the Holocaust This is important to remember, because Hitler s Willing Executioners could have been written by a supercomputer Goldhagen does not set out or make any attempt to tell the story of the Holocaust Instead, he enters the realm of social science to try to prove a point To do so, he relies heavily on the case study method, in which you do an in depth study of a single group The first of these groups are the Police Battalions, specifically, Police Battalion 101 The men of these Battalions were involved in actions on the Eastern Front, in which they followed in the wake of the fast advancing Wehrmacht, rounded up Jews, and shot them in the thousands Goldhagen spends a lot of time in this section critiquing the work of Christopher Browning, who wrote Ordinary Men about Police Battalion 101 Browning s thesis, which Goldhagen disputes, is that the Germans of Battalion 101 were not fanatical Nazis, but ordinary guys who were very obedient to authority think Stanley Milgram s Yale experiments I didn t care for Goldhagen s attacks on Browning First off, he comes across as a douche I suppose this really isn t a substantive criticism Goldhagen seems just like your typical grad student young and callow, piggybacking off another s hard work It s hard to come up with an original idea, and quite easy to find flaws Browning built a sandcastle Goldhagen, wearing a blazer and turtleneck and walking his labradoodle, saw Browning s sandcastle and kicked it over.More pertinently, Goldhagen s critique of Browning is logically and factually unpersuasive Goldhagen wants so much to find empirical support for his arguments, but while he s talking empiricism, he s relying on anecdotes For instance, Goldhagen makes a huge deal over the fact that a couple soldiers in Battalion 101 asked for, and were allowed, to avoid taking part in the shootings of Jews Goldhagen points to this as proof that the Nazis didn t have to follow orders to shoot Jews Of course, this never takes into account Browning s arguments regarding obedience, peer pressure, or the stages of violent brutalization How does Goldhagen get around this He dismisses Browning s arguments by writing I dismiss these arguments Literally He simply writes off Browning in favor of his own precious, monocausal idea that age old, all pervading German anti Semitism answers all Holocaust questions The sections on the work camps and the death marches are similar to the discussion about Police Battalion 101 In each, Goldhagen isolates a discrete group of Holocaust perpetrators and attempts to show that their actions were predicated upon eliminationist anti Semitism These sections share the same problems that I noted above Simply put, Goldhagen can t prove his point to any degree of certainty Unfortunately for the historian, the Nazis did not do exit interviews with the SS, the Police Battalions, or the camp guards This leaves Goldhagen casting about for concrete conclusions based on flimsy bits of evidence such as social class, profession, and Nazi party affiliation In many ways, a book like this lives and dies based on the strength of its argument After all, its incendiary revelations Everything you know is wrong is its raison d tre And that s fair If your book purports to be a landmark restructuring of the Holocaust story, you better be ready to back this up On this level, I found the book to be an utter failure I wasn t convinced by Goldhagen I wasn t even moved I m aware that actual scholars as opposed to me have criticized Goldhagen s research, or lack thereof However, that doesn t matter to me, since I am not a leading authority of 19th century German anti Semitism I apologize if I ve been giving off that misleading vibe I don t know how accurately Goldhagen presents the reality of Germanic anti Semitism All I know is that there were dozens of times throughout the book when a thought bubble formed over my head inside that thought bubble was a question mark First and foremost, while Goldhagen goes to great lengths to show that anti Semitism was a necessary condition to the Holocaust, he falls woefully short trying to prove it was sufficient From a common sense standpoint, it makes no sense that an otherwise ordinary German could be convinced to kill, and kill brutally, simply because he or she holds anti Semitic beliefs There has to be a lotpeer pressure social pressure professional pressure psychological brutalization that is, training in violence obedience to authority a belief in the ultimate goals You also need a regime in which this action is not only tolerated, but demanded In other words, you need the perverted genius of an Adolf Hitler, who, despite the book s title, never makes an appearance It may seem like a dodge, but the explanation for the Holocaust isn t any one thing it s a combination of a lot of things And this combination of things is different for each person who participated The only proof I have of this is that anti Semitism goes back to the time of Jesus Christ s crucifixion, yet the Holocaust did not occur until the mid 20th century If Goldhagen is right, and anti Semitism is both necessary and sufficient for the Holocaust, then the Holocaust should have occurred much earlier But it did not Accordingly, there must have been a confluence anti Semitism plus Versailles plus the Depression plus Hitler plus the failure of Weimar plus an authoritarian regime plus well, you get the picture , rather than a sole cause Besides, many other genocides have occurred without the aid of anti Semitism The anti Semitic mindset alone, at least to me, does not explain anything except that Germans hated Jews Which I sort of figured out without Goldhagen s assistance Even if Goldhagen had convinced me of the worth of his assertions, it wouldn t have done a lot to improve my opinion of his book This is due to a startling lack of readability Hitler s Willing Executioners seems almost intentionally graceless and ponderous, as though the only way to write about the Holocaust is through cement like prose Goldhagen has taken as his subject one of the world s great tales of human suffering What s , he professes to know this At one point, he emphasizes the brutality of the Holocaust, not in terms of numbers, but in terms of physical destruction spattered blood, torn flesh, shattered bones His writing, however, does not support his own declamations In short, Hitler s Willing Executioners would have benefited greatly from an infusion of humanity

  2. Jonathan Jonathan says:

    This should, for many reasons, get only one star It gets two for the occasional flashes of actual, legitimate historical scholarship and for some of the evidence he has dug up Nonetheless, it is a truly terrible work, made evenso by its persuasive and populist tone, and the large numbers of copies sold It is an almost textbook example of the dangers of creating a thesis, and then selecting and interpreting evidence to fit that thesis His conclusions are simply wrong, and not backed up This should, for many reasons, get only one star It gets two for the occasional flashes of actual, legitimate historical scholarship and for some of the evidence he has dug up Nonetheless, it is a truly terrible work, made evenso by its persuasive and populist tone, and the large numbers of copies sold It is an almost textbook example of the dangers of creating a thesis, and then selecting and interpreting evidence to fit that thesis His conclusions are simply wrong, and not backed up by evidence My Master s Thesis was on the Shoah and I have studied it at postgraduate level for some time and can confirm that this book is dismissed outright by all serious scholars of the period I can do nothan urge everyone not to waste their time reading it A much better work on this topic is Browning s Read that instead A muchthorough critique can be read here this countless others There is a substantial amount of academic criticism out there on this text, and any decision to read it should be taken with that in mind

  3. Tim Tim says:

    I didn t manage to finish this I found it very repetitive and overly haranguing Essentially, this book has one central premise That Germany as a nation was murderously antisemtic long before the Nazis came to power, dating back in fact to Martin Luther s hate spewing speeches and beyond and that it s erroneous to single out the Nazis instead of making culpable the entire German population as being responsible for the Holocaust That its erroneous to believe the Nazis were capable of brainwash I didn t manage to finish this I found it very repetitive and overly haranguing Essentially, this book has one central premise That Germany as a nation was murderously antisemtic long before the Nazis came to power, dating back in fact to Martin Luther s hate spewing speeches and beyond and that it s erroneous to single out the Nazis instead of making culpable the entire German population as being responsible for the Holocaust That its erroneous to believe the Nazis were capable of brainwashing an entire nation that wasn t already predisposed to embrace a hatred of Jews The author does an admirable job in researching how ordinary Germans behaved during the war This isn t the first book I ve read on the subject and I have to say it s depressing how widespread racial hatred for the Jews was in Germany even among so called intelligent, sophisticated people You might say Kristallnacht was like a litmus test for the Nazis to test the response of ordinary Germans to their Jewish policy The vast majority stood by and laughed However, the author dismisses rather too opportunistically the notion that in a police state opposition isn t an option by singling out a few Nazi policies that did meet with opposition the banning of crosses from schools for example That may be true but it can t be denied that the Nazis were masters at instilling terror He focuses a lot on the police battalions, often middle aged men who didn t belong to the Nazi party but who had no problem murdering Jews, even women, children and the infirm elderly However, I began to have a problem with the author singling out Germans for antisemitism The truth is, there was a predisposition to treat Jews like parasites throughout Europe at that time Were Austrians, Hungarians, Rumanians, Bulgarians, Poles, Lithuanians, Ukrainians on the whole any better than the Germans It s difficult to think ofthan a few European countries where the general population harboured a decent humane view of the Jews So, yes the author makes some important points in helping us to understand the incomprehensible but he does tend to make the same point over and over again and with increasing vehemence, like a man bringing his fist down continually on his desk Racial hatred is unfortunately a widespread virus that is always awaiting an opportunity to break out It has no nationality It can begin its hateful work anywhere To single out Germans in this manner felt na ve and overly simplistic to me

  4. Greta G Greta G says:

    I try to be critical in my choice of books about the Holocaust, because there are so many to choose from I also find it important that I think I can respect the author before I add his or her book on my must read shelf I ask myself if I would like to have a conversation in person with that author In this case, I don t think I would I probably would get irritated by his generalizations My view is based on these reviews in particular I try to be critical in my choice of books about the Holocaust, because there are so many to choose from I also find it important that I think I can respect the author before I add his or her book on my must read shelf I ask myself if I would like to have a conversation in person with that author In this case, I don t think I would I probably would get irritated by his generalizations My view is based on these reviews in particular there are many other negative reviews

  5. Justin Justin says:

    It s not that some of Goldhagen s ideas are wrong He makes a valuable contribution by recognizing the history of anti Semitism in Germany history prior to WWII and the Holocaust However, this ideological goal blinds him to any other rational to the causes of the Holocaust In his effort to prove the exceptional nature of German hatred and bigotry, he ignores the wealth of evidence from a variety of social scientists pointing out the general cruelty and inhumanity of humanity in general In doi It s not that some of Goldhagen s ideas are wrong He makes a valuable contribution by recognizing the history of anti Semitism in Germany history prior to WWII and the Holocaust However, this ideological goal blinds him to any other rational to the causes of the Holocaust In his effort to prove the exceptional nature of German hatred and bigotry, he ignores the wealth of evidence from a variety of social scientists pointing out the general cruelty and inhumanity of humanity in general In doing this Goldhagen makes breathtaking generalities and grossly misinterprets a lot of evidence that would help disprove his idea of German exceptionalism Also, his focus on German crimes during the Holocaust blinds him to the genocide perpetrates in other European countries by other European nationals The crimes of the French, Poles, Lithuanians, etc are all forgotten in this book While Goldhagen s outrage is natural, especially given that he is the son of Holocaust survivors his scholarship is poor and his methodological work is sloppy at best

  6. Jill Hutchinson Jill Hutchinson says:

    I don t feel qualified to review this book about the horrors of the Holocaust..not because I haven t read much about that unbelievable event but because the author puts forward a very controversial approach to the why of the slaughter of the Jews that is at odds with most history The book has stirred violent debates among historians and readers alike and who is to say whether Mr Goldhagen is correct His research is impeccable and the arguments that he puts forth are convincing.What he p I don t feel qualified to review this book about the horrors of the Holocaust..not because I haven t read much about that unbelievable event but because the author puts forward a very controversial approach to the why of the slaughter of the Jews that is at odds with most history The book has stirred violent debates among historians and readers alike and who is to say whether Mr Goldhagen is correct His research is impeccable and the arguments that he puts forth are convincing.What he purports is that the German population as a whole was a willing participant in the Holocaust..not just the military but the volk whose anti Semitism was ingrained in their culture Jews were seen as the enemy and their extermination was seen as just Long before the Nazis came to power the Jews were degraded, treated cruelly and often murdered It appeared to make sense to the Germans that Hitler s Final Solution of genocide was acceptable and some actually saw it as a sport Even near the end of the war when Himmler ordered the people to cease the killings, they continued.This is a dense and very disturbing book and I am basing my rating on the fact that, besides being well written, the information presented gives the reader much to consider when thinking and studying about the Holocaust, Whether I agree or disagree with the author s conclusions is unimportant

  7. Richard Fulgham Richard Fulgham says:

    Unreliable sources and much speculation in this obviously vengeful and hateful book This author simply hates all Germans and claims they were all just like Hitler Avoid this book, in my opinion.

  8. Mike Mike says:

    This book makes a powerful argument It s main thesis is that the vast majority of Germans during and before WWII had antisemetic beliefs that were of such power and scope, that they led many ordinary Germans to perpetrate and support the destruction of the Jewish people He refutes competing claims such as that the Nazis forced them into killing He provides many detailed accounts of police squads killing without orders, and sometimes against orders He demonstrates that men in Police batallion This book makes a powerful argument It s main thesis is that the vast majority of Germans during and before WWII had antisemetic beliefs that were of such power and scope, that they led many ordinary Germans to perpetrate and support the destruction of the Jewish people He refutes competing claims such as that the Nazis forced them into killing He provides many detailed accounts of police squads killing without orders, and sometimes against orders He demonstrates that men in Police batallion 101 had opportunities to be transferred to non killing assignments but chose not to Even as the Germans were near defeat, many male and even female guards at prison camps continued to kill Jews to the very last moment Himmler had actually commanded them not to do this so he could better negotiate with the Americans They disobeyed the orders Goldhagen s findings are unsettling It is frighting to believe that a lie can be so powerful as to delude an entire culture Even the Christian church was largely deceived However, is this really so hard to accept when we study the history of man This book contradicts the Disney philosophy that there is good in everyone, you just have to look deep inside to find it Hitler s Willing Executioners is not an easy read It was Goldhagen s doctoral thesis and it reads like it There is some repetition and terms used can sometimes be obscure This is not a popular history However, there were many times when I could not put it down The argument breaks new ground and deserves the thorough treatment given to it

  9. Elaine Elaine says:

    This book really has pissed people off Goldhagen takes a very different view of Germans, Nazi or not, who actively helped in brutalizing and murdering Jews He claims they weren t forced to do it, but chose to They were not automatons blindly following orders, rather their particular brand of Jew hatred made them willing exterminators of people who had no power He does acknowledge other victims of Nazism, but this book is about German anti semitism and Jews That is a long enough story Many This book really has pissed people off Goldhagen takes a very different view of Germans, Nazi or not, who actively helped in brutalizing and murdering Jews He claims they weren t forced to do it, but chose to They were not automatons blindly following orders, rather their particular brand of Jew hatred made them willing exterminators of people who had no power He does acknowledge other victims of Nazism, but this book is about German anti semitism and Jews That is a long enough story Many critics fault him for not discussing Gypsies and homosexuals, but who has Probably the same despising of the Other that underlies Jew hatred also explains these victims In any event, he never pretends to be discussing anything except Jew hatred The history of it in Germany is well known as is the form it took Moreover, as he shows, none of the other groups targeted by the Nazis were treated with anything approaching the cruelty towards Jews from infancy on.Now that I ve finished, here is my final assessment When the German soldiers who were tried at Nuremburg after World War II said they weren t guilty because they were following orders, I and millions of others believed them If that were true, then were they guilty After all, even in America, soldiers had to follow orders.Later, when the horrors that Stalin visited upon the Russians became known, I understood that was the result of a dictatorship Since the American Press also called Hitler a dictator, I assumed that Germans, like Russians, had no say in what their government did As an American, my cognitive model of a dictator was that of a totalitarian government, one in which people had no freedom of choice at all Indeed, based I now realize on the Stalinist model, I presumed that Germans who protested Hitler s policies would be imprisoned Worse, I thought was that their families would be harmed Just recently I said to a friend, not Jewish, who made a remark about the German people, Well, Barnaby, I d like to think I d have helped out Jews, but if they would punish my family, I don t think I would have Most Americans thought that Stalin s rule and Hitler s were pretty much the same blind obedience or else However, Daniel Goldhagen shows convincingly that living under Hitler was quite different from living under Stalin, especially if you weren t Jewish Hitler wasn t a dictator as Stalin was He was voted into office by Germans, who were weary of the democracy that was forced on them after their defeat in 1918 The vote for Hitler was not a slim plurality and it was not a vote by lowlifes and thugs Germans of all classes not only voted for Hitler, and, as Goldhagen argues, they agreed wholeheartedly with the need to exterminate all the Jews in the world Goldhagen proves that this idea was rampant in Germany from the early 19th century on When Nazi troops marched into Austria, the cultured Viennese cheered with glee and immediately dragged the assimilated Austrian Jews out in the streets and made them scrub sidewalks while wearing their finest dress up clothes Meanwhile the oh so cultured Aryans laughed and enjoyed the show No, Hitler wasn t foisted on these people.Moreover, Germans could and did protest Hitler s policies and get them changed Goldhagen presents data from German records that prove this Three examples suffice One was Hitler s policy of killing mental defectives The Churches and the people protested and the so called euthanasia was stopped Second, when husbands of Aryan women were rounded up for deportation to death camps, the women demonstrated in the streets, even confronting the Gestapo and their husbands were released and spent the rest of the war in Germany in their homes with their wives Third, when Poles were brought in as forced laborers, Germans were ordered not to fraternize with them as they were inferior Slavs However, the Germans refused to obey, and, after a while, the restrictions were lifted.The most compelling evidence that the author provides is that which shows how much both soldiers and citizens enjoyed what they were doing to Jews He relies not only on eye witness accounts, but German records and even pictures that they took Goldhagen doesn t specifically mention Now Dwor, Poland, my grandfather s home town, but in researching my family history website, I came across a vivid account of what happened there at If you click on it, you ll find what a source for hilarity the Jews provided the German soldiers with for five unbelievable, but apparently rollicking years for the cultured Aryans What delights even the German officers thought up for amusement These delights involved the most degrading, cruel, foul, and depraved tortures I have ever heard of This site lends evencredence to Goldhagen s claims.In sum, I found Hitler s Willing Executioners a solidly researched book, based upon the records that the Nazis themselves kept, as well as his careful research into German anti Semitism

  10. Tom Holme Tom Holme says:

    Terrible, terrible, terrible.Provocative theory, but one which falls apart throughout his making the argument.

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