Hitler's Willing Executioners Ordinary Germans and the Holocaust

ISBN-10: 0679772685

ISBN-13: 9780679772682

Edition: 1997 (Reprint)

Authors: Daniel Jonah Goldhagen

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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 Inquirer
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List price: $18.95
Copyright year: 1997
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 1/28/1997
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 656
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.562
Language: English

Introduction: Reconceiving Central Aspects of the Holocaust
Recasting the View of Antisemitism: A Framework for Analysis
The Evolution of Eliminationist Antisemitism in Modern Germany
Eliminationist Antisemitism: The "Common Sense" of German Society During the Nazi Period
The Nazi's Assault on the Jews: Its Character and Evolution
The Agents and Machinery of Destruction
Police Battalions: Agents of Genocide
Police Battalion 101: The Men's Deeds
Police Battalion 101: Assessing the Men's Motives
Police Battalions: Lives, Killings, and Motives
The Sources and Pattern of Jewish "Work" During the Nazi Period
Life in the "Work" Camps
Work and Death
The Deadly Way
Marching to What End?
The Deadly Way
Marching to What End?
Explaining the Perpetrators' Actions: Assessing the Competing Explanations
Eliminationist Antisemitism as Genocidal Motivation
Epilogue: The Nazi German Revolution
Afterword to the Vintage Edition
A Note on Method
Schematization of the Dominant Beliefs in Germany about Jews, the Mentally Ill, and Slavs
Foreword to the German Edition
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