By Robert S. Wistrich
Hitler and the Holocaust is the fabricated from a lifetime’s paintings by way of one of many world’s premier gurus at the historical past of anti-Semitism and sleek Jewry. Robert S. Wistrich starts via reckoning with Europe’s lengthy heritage of violence opposed to the Jews, and the way that culture manifested itself in Germany and Austria within the early 20th century. He appears to be like on the forces that formed Hitler’s trust in a "Jewish threat" that has to be eliminated, and the method in which, as soon as Hitler received energy, the Nazi regime tightened the noose round Germany’s Jews. He offers with many the most important questions, corresponding to while Hitler’s plans for mass genocide have been finalized, the connection among the Holocaust and the bigger battle, and the mechanism of authority through which power–and guilt–flowed out from the Nazi internal circle to "ordinary Germans," and different Europeans. He explains the infernal workings of the dying laptop, the character of Jewish and different resistance, and the sorrowful tale of collaboration and indifference throughout Europe and the USA, and within the Church. eventually, Wistrich discusses the abiding legacy of the Nazi genocide, and the teachings that has to be drawn from it. a piece of commanding authority and perception, Hitler and the Holocaust is an indelible contribution to the literature of heritage.
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The Jews were identified with the fragmentation of urban civilization, the dissolving acid of critical rationalism, and the loosening of morality. They stood behind the “rootless cosmopolitanism” of international capital and the threat of world revolution. In a word, they were the Weltfeind—the “world enemy” against which National Socialism defined its own grandiose racial utopia of a Thousand-year Reich. ” Unless the demonic Weltfeind was annihilated, there would be no “peace” in a Europe that was to be united under Germanic leadership so that Germany could fulfill its “natural destiny” by expanding to the east to create Lebensraum (living space) for its people.
Nazism secularized and sharply radicalized this image but invented relatively little at the level of basic stereotypes. The biological racism of the Nazis did introduce a relatively new element into Judeophobia, though this apparent innovation also had Christian precedents. 28 It was surely significant that this witch-hunt occurred in precisely that European society where Jews had enjoyed the most remarkable “golden age,” a success story that anticipated the German-Jewish “symbiosis” of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
Russians, Poles, Serbs, and Ukrainians, although not earmarked for systematic mass murder, were also decimated in large numbers. Three million Soviet prisoners of war died in German captivity. Some, such as Daniel Goldhagen, have argued that the Germans carried out these murders because they were Germans; their political culture and mind-set, grounded in a nationalist pride in their Volk, had been preprogrammed by an “eliminationist anti-Semitism” that had existed since at least the mid-nineteenth century.