Victims, Memory, and the Holocaust

When Raul Hilberg published the first academic study of the Holocaust in 1961, Jewish scholars and intellects harshly criticized the author in public forums.  The criticism focused on Hilberg’s adamancy that 6 million Jews passively accepted their extermination by the Nazi regime and offered no resistance.  Hilberg argued that his narrative of the Holocaust wasContinue reading “Victims, Memory, and the Holocaust”

Ordinary Men

The central argument of Christopher Browning’s Ordinary Men is that the German soldiers who participated in the Holocaust were regular men representative of German society in general, and that their participation in the murder of European Jewry was only possible due to the devaluation of Jewish life by the Nazi regime and their acclimation toContinue reading “Ordinary Men”