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 keen 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. an instantaneous nationwide best-seller, the e-book went directly to create a global sensation.
Now, in A country on Trial, prime critics problem Goldhagen's findings and express that his paintings isn't scholarship in any respect. With compelling cumulative influence, Norman G. Finkelstein meticulously records Goldhagen's distortions of secondary literature and the inner 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 is additionally a cautionary story at the corruption of scholarship through ideological zealotry.
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The Warsaw Ghetto: A Christian Testimony. Boston: Beacon Press, 1987. 103 pp. ISBN: 0807056022. Ages 15–up. Memoir. Bartoszewski provides the reader with a unique perspective on events in the Warsaw Ghetto. He tells how the Germans sought to destroy the Polish intelligentsia (he was a college student) and gives other background information on Nazi plans and policies in Poland. He quotes conversations with various Jewish leaders of the ghetto—Marek Edelman, Adolf Berman, and Adam Czernikow. He tells of his efforts on behalf of the Council for Aid to Jews and his meeting with the heroic Jan Karski, the Gentile Polish courier who alerted the Allies.
She now devotes her time to lecturing, writing poetry, and creating music on Holocaust themes. Auerbacher still suffers from persistent tuberculosis contracted from the poor conditions at Theresienstadt. Beyond the Yellow Star to America. : Royal Fireworks Press, 1995. 224 pp. ISBN: 0880922532. Ages 12–up. Memoir. Auerbacher tells of the aftermath of her experiences at Terezin, particularly focusing on her life in America. Her memoir contains flashbacks to events in 1942–1945. ’’ Inge narrates how she and her parents came to New York as regular quota immigrants.
A Nation on Trial: The Goldhagen Thesis and Historical Truth by Norman G. Finkelstein, Ruth Bettina Birn