The short story “Troth” from Gregor von Rezzori’s Memoirs of an Anti-Semite is a great example of the Anti-Semitism that was already prevalent in Europe before WWII and how the war changed that Anti-Semitism. The main character, Arnulf, was raised into Anti-Semitism and sees nothing wrong with it despite his own frequent interactions with several Jews, people whom he sees as his friends. This does not fit into the common stereotype of the rabid Anti-Semite. According to Daniel Goldhagen’s b...
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...wo examples, and in fact in all of post WWII German literature, reflect on the whole German people as the full spectrum of individuals who were affected and changed by WWII.
Böll, Heinrich. And Where Were You, Adam? Trans. Lelila Vennewitz.. Evanston, Illinois: Northwestern UP, 1994.
Frei, Norbert. “People’s Community and War: Hitler’s Popular Support.” The Third Reich Between Vision and Reality: New Perspectives on German History, 1918-1945. Ed. Hans Mommsen. Oxford: Berg - Oxford International Publishers, Ltd., 2001. 59-77.
Goldhagen, Daniel. Hitler’s Willing Executioners: Ordinary Germans and the Holocaust. New York: Afred A. Knopf, Inc., 1996.
Jaspers, Karl. The Question of German Guilt. Trans. E. B. Ashton. New York: The Dial P, 1947.
Rezzori, Gregor von. “Troth.” Memoirs of an Anti-Semite. New York: Random House, 1981. 190-242.
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