Hitler's Willing Executioners: Ordinary Germans and the Holocaust

Hitler's Willing Executioners: Ordinary Germans and the Holocaust

Daniel Jonah Goldhagen


This groundbreaking overseas bestseller lays to leisure many myths concerning the Holocaust: that Germans have been unaware of the mass destruction of Jews, that the killers have been all SS males, and that those that slaughtered Jews did so reluctantly. Hitler's keen Executioners offers conclusive proof that the extermination of eu Jewry engaged the energies and exuberance of tens of millions of normal Germans. Goldhagen reconstructs the weather of "eliminationist anti-Semitism" that made Hitler's pursuit of his genocidal ambitions attainable and the novel persecution of the Jews through the Nineteen Thirties renowned. Drawing on a wealth of unused archival fabrics, mostly the testimony of the killers themselves, Goldhagen takes us into the killing fields the place Germans voluntarily hunted Jews like animals, tortured them wantonly, after which posed cheerfully for snapshots with their sufferers. From cellular killing devices, to the camps, to the dying marches, Goldhagen exhibits how traditional Germans, nurtured in a society the place Jews have been visible as unalterable evil and unsafe, willingly their ideals to their logical conclusion.

"Hitler's prepared Executioner's is an unique, certainly extraordinary contribution to the...literature at the Holocaust."--New York evaluate of Books

"The most vital publication ever released concerning the Holocaust...Eloquently written, meticulously documented, impassioned...A version of ethical and scholarly integrity."--Philadelphia Inquirer

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