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A groundbreaking--and terrifying--examination of the widespread resurgence of antisemitism in the 21st century, by the prize-winning and #1 internationally bestselling author of Hitler's Willing Executioners. Antisemitism never went away, but since the turn of the century it has multiplied beyond what anyone would have predicted. It is openly spread by intellectuals, politicians and religious leaders in Europe, Asia, the Arab world, America and Africa and supported by hundreds of millions more. Indeed, today antisemitism is stronger than any time since the Holocaust. In THE DEVIL THAT NEVER DIES, Daniel Jonah Goldhagen reveals the unprecedented, global form of this age-old hatred; its strategic use by states; its powerful appeal to individuals and groups; and how technology has fueled the flames that had been smoldering prior to the millennium. A remarkable work of intellectual brilliance, moral stature, and urgent alarm, THE DEVIL THAT NEVER DIES is destined to be one of the most provocative and talked-about books of the year.
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
En este libro Goldhagen plantea dos espinosas cuestiones. La primera es que el papa Pío XII fue «un colaborador nazi», comparable a Pétain y Laval en Vichy. Muestra que la complicidad del Papa y de la Iglesia en la persecución de los judíos fue mucho más allá de lo que habíamos creído hasta ahora. Los líderes de la Iglesia sabían perfectamente que se estaban llevando a cabo asesinatos en masa. No se declararon en contra, ni prestaron ayuda a los perseguidos. Algunos clérigos incluso participaron en los crímenes. La segunda cuestión es que la autoridad moral de la Iglesia católica, desde los primeros tiempos hasta el presente, se ha visto profundamente desacreditada por su virulento antisemitismo. Goldhagen detalla y juzga la culpabilidad de la Iglesia y su clero. Y sugiere que debería deshacer el daño causado al pueblo judío para redimirse. Si la Iglesia se considera a sí misma una institución moral y quiere tener voz ética en el discurso público de la actualidad, tiene una deuda pendiente. La Iglesia católica y el Holocausto es una brillante indagación moral que va más allá que cualquier ensayo anterior sobre el tema. Expone el papel de la Iglesia durante el Holocausto y delinea los pasos que cree que debe seguir ahora para reparar su culpa.
With his first book,Hitler's Willing Executioners, Daniel Jonah Goldhagen dramatically revised our understanding of the role ordinary Germans played in the Holocaust. Now he brings his formidable powers of research and argument to bear on the Catholic Church and its complicity in the destruction of European Jewry. What emerges is a work that goes far beyond the familiar inquiries--most of which focus solely on Pope Pius XII--to address an entire history of hatred and persecution that culminated, in some cases, in an active participation in mass-murder. More than a chronicle,A Moral Reckoningis also an assessment of culpability and a bold attempt at defining what actions the Church must take to repair the harm it did to Jews--and to repair itself. Impressive in its scholarship, rigorous in its ethical focus, the result is a book of lasting importance.
Daniel Jonah Goldhagen's books are events. They stir passionate public debate among political and civic leaders, scholars, and the general public because they compel people to rethink the most powerful conventional wisdoms and stubborn moral problems of the day. Worse Than War gets to the heart of the phenomenon, genocide, that has caused more deaths in the modern world than military conflict. In doing so, it challenges fundamental things we thought we knew about human beings, society, and politics.Drawing on extensive field work and research from around the world, Goldhagen explores the anatomy of genocide-explaining why genocides begin, are sustained, and end; why societies support them, why they happen so frequently and how the international community should and can successfully stop them.As a great book should, Worse than War seeks to change the way we think and to offer new possibilities for a better world. It tells us how we might at last begin to eradicate this greatest scourge of humankind.
Until now, the world's peoples and governments have done little to prevent or stop mass murdering. Today, the world is not markedly better prepared to end this greatest scourge of humanity. The evidence of this failure is overwhelming. It is to be found in Tibet, North Korea, the former Yugoslavia, Saddam Hussein's Iraq, Rwanda, southern Sudan, Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Darfur.
Daniel Jonah Goldhagen has written an original and important study of genocide that reconceives its very nature. He does so not by examining a series of genocides but by exploring the nature of mass killing itself. Our failure to clearly describe, explain, and understand the mechanisms of genocide has made it difficult to prevent, and this book will change that. Through exhaustive research, he brilliantly lays out the roots and motivations of mass slaughter, exploring such questions as: Why do genocides occur? What makes people willing to slaughter others? How do cultural beliefs justify genocide among groups of people? Why has the world been so ineffective in reducing the incidence of genocide? Based on his thoroughgoing reconceptualization of genocide, Goldhagen proposes novel, sensible, and effective measures to put an end to this scourge of humanity, which is worse, even, than war. With the unflinching moral and analytical clarity that he is internationally known for, Goldhagen leaves no stone unturned in this groundbreaking book that will not only transform our understanding of genocide, but every person and political leader who reads it.
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