By Norman G. Finkelstein, Ruth Bettina Birn
No fresh paintings of historical past has generated as a lot curiosity as Daniel Jonah Goldhagen's Hitler's prepared Executioners. Purporting to unravel the secret of the Nazi holocaust, Goldhagen continues that standard Germans have been pushed by way of fanatical anti-Semitism to homicide the Jews. a right away nationwide best-seller, the booklet went directly to create a world sensation.
Now, in A kingdom on Trial, best critics problem Goldhagen's findings and express that his paintings isn't scholarship in any respect. With compelling cumulative impression, Norman G. Finkelstein meticulously files Goldhagen's distortions of secondary literature and the interior contradictions of his argument. In a complementary essay, Ruth Bettina Birn juxtaposes Goldhagen's textual content opposed to the German information he consulted. the main foreign authority on those information, Birn conclusively demonstrates that Goldhagen systematically misrepresented their contents.
The definitive assertion at the Goldhagen phenomenon, this quantity can also be a cautionary story at the corruption of scholarship through ideological zealotry.
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231, 261 n. 380. 40. HWE, p. 594 n. 56; for a similar argument for the war years, see pp. 251-2. 41. Goldhagen's citation of this document is doubly ironic. Not only does it undercut his claim about the inefficacy of Nazi propaganda but also his claim about restoring the dimension of individual responsibility. Seeking to mitigate the culpability of the Einsatzgruppen commanders, the brief lent support to a plea of temporary insanity: 'The defendants... ' Although effectively endorsed by Goldhagen, this last defense was fortunately for justice's sake rejected by the Military Tribunal.
25. Eva G. Reichmann, Hostages of Civilization, London 1950, p. 154. See Sarah Gordon, Hitler, Germans and the 'Jewish Question', Princeton 1984, p. 27. 26. I will not elucidate all Goldhagen's methodological points on contemporary antiSemitism. These include: While its cognitive content was adopting new forms in the service of 'modernizing' anti-Semitism, of harmonizing it with the new social and political landscape of Germany, the existing cultural cognitive model about Jews provided a remarkable underlying constancy to the elaborated cultural and ideological pronouncements.
39. Reichmann, Hostages of Civilization, pp. 231, 261 n. 380. 40. HWE, p. 594 n. 56; for a similar argument for the war years, see pp. 251-2. 41. Goldhagen's citation of this document is doubly ironic. Not only does it undercut his claim about the inefficacy of Nazi propaganda but also his claim about restoring the dimension of individual responsibility. Seeking to mitigate the culpability of the Einsatzgruppen commanders, the brief lent support to a plea of temporary insanity: 'The defendants...
A Nation on Trial: The Goldhagen Thesis and Historical Truth by Norman G. Finkelstein, Ruth Bettina Birn