Goldhagen Thesis Historical Truth

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Goldhagen’s first notable publication was the New Republic magazine book review “False Witness” (1989) of Why Did the Heavens Not Darken? Mayer’s saying that most massacres of Jews in the USSR, during the first weeks of Operation Barbarossa (1941) in the summer of 1941, were committed by local peoples, with little Wehrmacht participation, and accused him of traducing the facts about the Wannsee Conference (1942), which was meant for plotting the genocide of European Jews, not (as Mayer said) merely the resettlement of the Jews.Goldhagen further accused Mayer of obscurantism, of suppressing historical fact, and of being an apologist for Nazi Germany, like Ernst Nolte, for attempting to “de-demonize” National Socialism.

Goldhagen’s first notable publication was the New Republic magazine book review “False Witness” (1989) of Why Did the Heavens Not Darken? Mayer’s saying that most massacres of Jews in the USSR, during the first weeks of Operation Barbarossa (1941) in the summer of 1941, were committed by local peoples, with little Wehrmacht participation, and accused him of traducing the facts about the Wannsee Conference (1942), which was meant for plotting the genocide of European Jews, not (as Mayer said) merely the resettlement of the Jews.

As Raul Hilberg summarised the debates, "by the end of 1996, it was clear that in sharp distinction from lay readers, much of the academic world had wiped Goldhagen off the map." In 2002 Goldhagen published A Moral Reckoning: The Role of the Catholic Church in the Holocaust and Its Unfulfilled Duty of Repair, his account of the role of the Catholic Church before, during and after World War II.

A Moral Reckoning was the subject of considerable controversy involving allegations of anti-Catholic bias.

In 1989, Lucy Dawidowicz reviewed Why Did the Heavens Not Darken?

(1988) in Commentary magazine, and praised Goldhagen’s “False Witness” review, identifying him as a rising Holocaust historian who formally rebutted “Mayer’s falsification” of history.

Some historians have characterized its reception as an extension of the Historikerstreit, the German historiographical debate of the 1980s that sought to explain Nazi history.

The book was a "publishing phenomenon", achieving fame in both the United States and Germany, despite its "mostly scathing" reception among historians, who were unusually vocal in condemning it as ahistorical and, in the words of Holocaust historian Raul Hilberg, "totally wrong about everything" and "worthless".

It won the American Political Science Association's 1994 Gabriel A.

Almond Award in comparative politics and the Democracy Prize of the Journal for German and International Politics, for helping to sharpen public understanding about the past during a period of radical change in Germany.

Hitler's Willing Executioners (1996) posits that the vast majority of ordinary Germans were as the title indicates "willing executioners" in the Holocaust because of a unique and virulent "eliminationist antisemitism" in the German identity, which had developed in the preceding centuries.

Goldhagen argued that this "eliminationist antisemitism" was the cornerstone of German national identity, that this type of antisemitism was unique to Germany and because "eliminationist antisemitism", ordinary Germans killed Jews willingly and happily.

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    The Goldhagen Debate 1998. For two particularly ferocious critiques of Goldhagen, which challenge the way in which he has both interpreted documents and constructed his argument, see Norman J. Finkelstein and Ruth Bettina Birn, A Nation on Trial The Goldhagen Thesis and Historical Truth 1998.…

  • Unwilling Germans? — University of Minnesota Press
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    One can learn much about the current state of scholarship on the Nazi holocaust. Indeed, even the essays in praise of Goldhagen tell us something, albeit unfortunate, about the current state of intellectual culture.” Norman G. Finkelstein, coauthor with Ruth Bettina Birn of A Nation on Trial The Goldhagen Thesis and Historical Truth…

  • Daniel Goldhagen - Biography — JewAge
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    Daniel Jonah Goldhagen born 1959 is an American author and former Associate Professor of Political Science and Social Studies at Harvard University. Goldhagen reached international attention and broad criticism as the author of two controversial books about the Holocaust, Hitler's Willing Executioners 1996 and A Moral Reckoning 2002.…

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    Finkelstein, N. J. and Birn, R. B. 1998 A Nation on Trial The Goldhagen Thesis and Historical Truth, Henry Holt. Forster, J. 1986 ‘The German army and the ideological war against the Soviet Union’ in Hirschfeld, G. ed.…

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    I argue that despite Goldhagen's efforts to restore the conscious human subject to the perpetration of the Holocaust, the logic of his thesis in fact serves largely to absolve German subjects of culpability for an act of barbarism he regards as at least latent in an ‘exceptional’ and ‘eliminationist’ anti-Semitism that predates the rise.…

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