- Paperback: 656 pages
- Publisher: SOS Free Stock; Reprint edition (28 Feb. 1997)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0679772685
- ISBN-13: 978-0679772682
- Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 3.3 x 20.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 284,880 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Hitler's Willing Executioners: Ordinary Germans and the Holocaust Paperback – 28 Feb 1997
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** 'A monumental achievement. (SUNDAY TIMES)
** 'Powerful and well-researched... this book stimulates thought... It is a serious book written by a gifted scholar. (TLS)
** 'As stomach churning in its grueseome detail as it is mind-blowing for its radical façade stripping of one of the ghastliest episodes of human history. (DAILY MAIL)
** 'There is enough material here to disturb the human race to the end of time. (ROBERT KEE) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From the Inside Flap
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 InquirerSee all Product description
Top Customer Reviews
Dr Goldhagen has really stuck his neck out to discuss openly some of the sociological patterns of Europe over the past few centuries in a study of antisemitism. It seems most people had a negative viewpoint of the Jews, even though most had never even met a Jew. This long term sociological "brainwashing" of Europe naturally led to actions which took place during World War 2.
This book made me feel uncomfortable because I now have to reexamine my attitudes about various people groups and if my attitudes are based on truth and experience or on generalities and gossip. In our world of 2015, there is no shortage of hate between people groups and political ideologies. If more people today were to learn from the mistakes of the past, which Dr. Goldhagen so boldly points out, there may be hope for just settlement of today's massive and complex problems.
But there is danger, too, in equating all Germans with Nazis. See an important article by Stuart Woolf in History Today,
'[T]he perpetrators, "ordinary Germans," were animated by antisemitism by a particular type of antisemitism that led them to conclude that the Jews ought to die.Read more ›
The author erroneously states that this Holocaust was the only one in the 20th century ("There is no comparable event in the 20th century..."), ignoring the victims of other mass slaughters, genocides and 'holocausts' like the Turkish Muslim ethnic cleansing and genocide (holocaust) of Christians (Armenian, Greek and Assyrian) in the early 20th century which sparked the term 'genocide', culminating with Ataturk, the founder of modern Turkey in the early 1920s, and his obsession with cleansing all non-Muslims from Turkish soil, a land the Ottoman Muslims had taken by force from the Christian Byzantine Empire. Greeks had lived here since 8000BC. Only a handful remain today and are still persecuted. The Christian ethnic cleansing and genocide killed as many as 3 million men, women and children by forced marches, starvation, rape, beheadings, burning and murder over a number of years. This Holocaust/genocide preceded the Nazi's Holocaust of Jews and many others.Read more ›
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I mean I bought this for my A-Level History coursework, I only refer to 2 chapters because it's a bit heavy going and I aren't particularly interested in this area of history... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Charlotte
brought this for my dad. a war buff. he said its one of the best books he's read.Published 5 months ago by T. Edwards
Not for the faint hearted. Try 'Soldaten' these two books complement one another.Published 6 months ago by francis conway
Its very, very bad, as history. The argument makes no sense, the sources are often cited in a deceptive way to support a very dubious thesis. Read morePublished 16 months ago by anon
Wow what a book!! Although the author has taken lots of flak over the conclusions made in this book, you should read it because a lot of what he says makes sense and helps to... Read morePublished 19 months ago by mr j c rowe
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