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  • Ordinary Germans and the Holocaust

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    Ordinary Germans and the Holocaust Synopsis – Hitler’s Willing Executioners is a work that may change our understanding of the Holocaust and of Germany during the Nazi period. Daniel Goldhagen has revisited a question that history has come to treat as settled, and his researches have led him to the inescapable conclusion that none of the established answers holds true. Drawing on materials either unexplored or neglected by previous scholars, Goldhagen presents new evidence to show that many beliefs

  • hitlers willing executioners

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    political scientist most famous for his book, Hitler's Willing Executioners: Ordinary Germans and the Holocaust, which hypothesizes that all ordinary Germans were actively in favor of the holocaust because of the supposedly unique and virulent "eliminationist" anti-Semitism that was a part of the common consciousness in Germany throughout history. He claims that this special mentality cannot be fully understood by non-Germans and that it was unique to Germany; eliminationist anti-Semitism grew out of

  • Goldhagen: The Historiography Of The Ordinary German

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    OUTLINE OF ESSAY TITLE: The historiography of the ‘Ordinary Germans’ during the Third Reich years and the legacy of the Goldhagen controversy Introduction Question (in what way did Goldhagen’s book either illustrates or breaks away from the historiography of the implication of ‘ordinary Germans’ in the period we are looking at? What are the causes of the so-called Goldhagen controversy? In which ways does it still influence our contemporary understanding of the topic?) Briefly presenting the

  • European Dictatorship

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    victims deserved to die? (…) Why do we not believe the same for the German perpetrators?" (p. 14-15). There are several examples that show that Goldhagen's way of putting "facts" in sentences, rather than the actual proofs persuade the reader. He is describing ordinary germans as "potential willing mass killers" (p. 15), who HAD a choice whether to continue what THEY did or not. He forgets about the fact, that only about 10 % of the Germans were actually involved in the Holocaust, the massive slaughtering

  • Memory and Individual Identity in Post World War II German Literature

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    changed by it in their own way. Literature written about such events will reflect the affected individuals and societies. Some of the effects of World War II on the average German person can be seen through an analysis of the different memories and experiences of the war represented in a selection of post World War II German literature including Gregor von Rezzori’s Memoirs of an Anti-Semite and Heinrich Böll’s And Where Were You, Adam?. The short story “Troth” from Gregor von Rezzori’s Memoirs

  • World War II and Treatment of Jews

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    Adolf Hitler- Jan 30, 1939 When the Nazi party came to power in January of 1933, it almost immediately began to take hostile measures toward the Jewish people. The government passed special legislation that excluded Jews from the protection of German law. The property of Jews was then legally seized, and concentration camps were set up in which Jews were executed, tortured, or condemned to slave labor. The Nazis organized sporadic and local massacres which occurred in a nationwide program in

  • einstein

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    He was the embodiment of pure intellect, the bumbling professor with the German accent, a comic cliché in a thousand films. Instantly recognizable, like Charlie Chaplin's Little Tramp, Albert Einstein's shaggy-haired visage was as familiar to ordinary people as to the matrons who fluttered about him in salons from Berlin to Hollywood. Yet he was unfathomably profound — the genius among geniuses who discovered, merely by thinking about it, that the universe was not as it seemed. Even now scientists

  • Triumph of the Will and Jud Suess as Nazi Propaganda

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    against us by manipulating them. We are shown what the propagandist wants us to see; we feel what the propagandist wants us to feel. And in that way, propaganda becomes a tool for exploiting the masses, for shaping public opinion and turning ordinary people into supporters, participants and onlookers of genocide. Both Triumph of the Will and Jud Suess function effectively as propaganda of the Nazi regime, though the films' specific goals and techniques are quite different. The film Triumph

  • Tom Brokaw’s The Greatest Generation

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    Tom Brokaw’s The Greatest Generation In Tom Brokaw’s book, The Greatest Generation, the author portrays ordinary people of a certain generation as having qualities of greatness and heroism. He tells stories of average people that lived inspiring lives through many hardships, and declares today’s society as the beneficiary of their challenging work and commitment. Brokaw’s generous and proficient use of imagery helps to persuade the reader to believe that the people of “the greatest generation”

  • The Meaning and Implication of Oral History

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    meaning and implication of oral history. Oral history, especially in its import on public history, has tremendous potential. It can give a voice to those who have previously been excluded from historical narratives. By incorporating everyday, ordinary people in the historical dialogue it gives them an opportunity to formulate their own meaning. A sharing of authority can take place and through this grass roots approach the “making” of history can become more democratic. Approaching history from

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