Hitler's willing executioners: ordinary Germans and the Holocaust /

Author Goldhagen, Daniel Jonah
Language English
Publisher
London: Abacus, 1997




Annotation:

Includes bibliographical references (p. [475]-601) and index.



Subjects :

  • War Criminals Psychology
  • National Socialism Moral And Ethical Aspects
  • Antisemitism
  • Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945) Causes

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Reviews :

Shelley A. Glantz (Kliatt)
Goldhagen's book, which raised a great deal of controversy in Germany, is based on his doctoral dissertation and the findings of his research into the role of non-military Germans in the Holocaust. The tone is very scholarly, but readers will finish this book even though it is difficult reading. Extensive footnotes offer a great deal of information that adds to the text. The author's use of the word "ordinary" in the title may be misleading to some readers. He does not refer to civilians not involved in the war effort, but those who were members of police battalions and served as guards in forced labor camps and on forced marches but were not Nazis or in the SS. His contention is that these Germans did not have orders to brutalize or murder Jews. In many instances, according to his research, they actually disobeyed orders which prohibited them from such action, which is referred to as "eliminationist anti-Semitism." Often, Goldhagen makes assumptions about human behavior which, though his conclusions are logical, are not based on evidence. He relies on phrases such as "in all probability," "presumably" and "it is safe to say." Sections deal with the treatment of Jews by non-Germans, the Church's reaction to the Holocaust, forced labor, death marches, and activities of specific police battalions. B/w photos and maps add to the narrative. Appendices on his research methodology, the foreword to the German edition, lists of pseudonyms and abbreviations, and the German reaction to the book are included. This is an extensive look into the minds of many Germans during WW II, and a fascinating insight into anti-Semitism and reasons for the Nazi successes. KLIATT Codes: A--Recommended for advanced students and adults. 1997 (orig. 1996), Random House/Vintage, 634p. illus. maps. index. 21cm. 95-38591, $16.00. Ages 17 to adult.
(PUBLISHER: Random House/Vintage 634p. illus. maps. index. 21cm. 95-38591 $16.00., PUBLISHED: 1997 (orig. 1996)(Random House/Vintage 634p. illus. maps. index. 21cm. 95-38591 $16.00., PUBLISHED: 1997 (orig. 1996)))

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Publication Details:

  Publisher ISBN Notes
London: Abacus, 1997

Media Type: Language Material
xiv,634p.:
(943.0860922)
9780349107868
0349107866
Includes index.
Originally published London Little Brown 1996.
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1996

Media Type: Language Material
x,622p.:
9780679446958
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New York: Knopf:, 1996

Media Type: Language Material
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9780679446958
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Random House/Vintage 634p. illus. maps. index. 21cm. 95-38591 $16.00., PUBLISHED: 1997 (orig. 1996)(Random House/Vintage 634p. illus. maps. index. 21cm. 95-38591 $16.00., PUBLISHED: 1997 (orig. 1996)),

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