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A Nation on Trial: The Goldhagen Thesis and Historical Truth by [Finkelstein, Norman G., Birn, Ruth Bettina]
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Attempts to refute the claim that Germans supported the Jews' executions during the Holocaust.

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  • Publisher: Metropolitan Books (4 Feb. 2014)
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  • Language: English
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This book contains two essays which are effectively extended reviews of the the Daniel Goldhagen book "Hitler's Willing Executioners". Goldhagen presented a monocausal thesis which explained the holocaust as resulting from a uniquely German strand of virulent anti-semitism which dismissed the attempts of other writers to place the holocaust in a much more complex context including consideration of a wide range of factors. In particular, one of the examples used by Goldhagen is that of Reserve Police Battalion 101, the same battalion studied by the eminent historian of the holocaust Christopher Browning in "Ordinary Men". Goldhagen and Browning arrived at radically different conclusions. Goldhagen summarised German history, finding that anti-semitism was the dominant theme of German social and political life. Goldhagen's work was widely acclaimed by many at the same time as being dismissed by others, and in particular the debate between Goldhagen and those historians who criticised his work became marked by a rather unpleasant aggressive campaign to undermine the critics despite these critics including almost all of the recognised serious historians of the holocaust (eg. Hilberg, Browning, Kershaw etc etc). Goldhagen's book is itself full of disparaging references to almost all other scholars of the holocaust and claims for itself new and hitherto unknown insights, placing itself above all other works on the subject and claiming to have answered the question of why the extermination of the Jews took place.Read more ›
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This is a splendid critique of Daniel Goldhagen's much-hyped book, Hitler's willing executioners. Goldhagen blamed the Holocaust on Germany's uniquely `extraordinary, lethal political culture'.

Goldhagen absurdly claimed that even the smallest manifestation of anti-Semitism, even philo-Semitism, `tends strongly towards a genocidal `solution'.'

Goldhagen asserted that anti-Semitism `has been a more or less permanent feature of the western world', which is untrue. It also contradicts his main thesis, that Germany was uniquely anti-Semitic. It is odd that he did not accuse the rest of the world of anti-Semitism too, though perhaps by now he is asserting that the whole eastern world is also innately, ineradicably, anti-Semitic.

Germany did not have a single, unchanging monolithic culture. Goldhagen admitted that in the late 19th century German Jews experienced a `meteoric rise from pariah status'. How could they, if Germany was always fanatically committed to anti-Semitism? Nor did all Germans think the same way at any point. Other, more objective, historians have noted that the Social-Democratic party in the 1920s was `a committed opponent of organized anti-Semitism' (Peter Pulzer) and that `all Social Democrats' proved `consistent' in their `advocacy of the civil rights of German and East European Jews' (Donna Harsch).

By demonizing the German people, Goldhagen was promoting the Zionist lie that Jews are only safe in Israel, that they can never be safe in Germany, or by extension in Europe, or even in the whole Western world. Of course, the truth is that nowhere are Jews less safe than in Israel.

He wrote that the Nazis ruled `without massive coercion and violence' and that their regime `was on the whole, consensual'.
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As a non-historian, I found Goldhagen's book interesting and sometimes convincing, but I also sensed that something was not quite right about his argument. Those vague misgivings were made clear to me in Finkelstein's and Birn's essays. Although Finkelstein's glee in demolishing Goldhagen's thesis is un-called-for and unprofessional, I think that anyone who read "Hitler's Willing Executioners" needs to take an unbiased look at "A Nation on Trial" in order to have an informed opinion on this controversial matter.
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I found this a very convincing and well written analysis of Goldhagen's thesis in Hitler's Willing Executioners that the German people were inherently infected by a unique antisemitism, distinct in every way.

Finkelstein, both of whose parents were holocaust survivors, gives his own reading in part 1, followed by Birn's in part 2. Birn is involved professionally in prosecuting Nazi war criminals.

Goldhagen's book was reportedly based on his PhD thesis and if the inconsistencies, contradictions and opinions dressed up as facts, not to mention the very selective and very limited samples used (as pointed out by both the above authors) satisfied Harvard University, well, they haven't done their reputation any favours.

Here is Finkelstein quoting Goldhagen (end-note 16):

" [E]ach source of [antisemitism] is embedded in an extended metaphorical structure that automatically extends the domain of phenomena, situations, and linguistic usages relevant to the antisemitic compass in a manner paralleling the metaphorical structure itself. (HWE: 35, emphasis in original)

All antisemitisms can be divided according to one essential dissimilitude which can be usefully thought of as being dichotomous (even if, strictly speaking, this may not be the case). (HWE: 37)"

As Finkelstein says as this point, comment is superfluous.

I agree the latter can be a little sarcastic at times, but who can blame him, and his scholarship shines through.

Ruth Bettina Birn states "In light of this paucity of sources, it is not surprising that Goldhagen's book has neither a bibliography nor a listing of archival sources.
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