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A Moral Reckoning: The Role of the Catholic Church in the Holocaust and Its Unfulfilled Duty of Repair

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Daniel Jonah Goldhagen set the world of Holocaust studies afire with the 1996 publication of his controversial Hitler's Willing Executioners , in which he saw the Holocaust as primarily the murderous acts of ordinary individuals who were deeply anti-Semitic. Now, he shifts his focus to the Catholic Church's role in the Holocaust and again stir
ebook, 416 pages
Published December 18th 2007 by Vintage (first published 2002)
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Lewis Weinstein
This is a very controversial book.

One amazon reviewer said: "Let us not mince words: Goldhagen hates the Catholic Church and this book is a weapon to attack it. Sloppily researched and blatant in its distortion of events and documents this book has nothing useful to say about the historical record."

Goldhagen also minces no words. In his introduction he writes, "Christianity is a religion that consecrated and spread throughout its domain a hatred of one group of people - the Jews. It libelously
If I could give a book negative stars, I would. This book has to be the sloppiest excuse for history, that I have ever been so displeased to read. I could not believe the lies, hatred and the demands that the author places upon the Catholic Church. If anything is hate speech, I believe this book fits the bill. In short, my eyes nearly popped out of my head.

To summarize the content: Author hates the Catholic Church because it is the Catholic Church. The Catholic Church is the scourge of mankind,

The autor, a very bright Jewish Harvard scholar, assuming the attitude of a prosecutor more than a writer, makes fierce accusations against the role of the Catholic Church and its institutional behaviour towards the Jews during the course of history since Jesus times in general and over Pope Pius XII obscure rule in particular in the Second World War
It also describes with a lot of detail how the Vatican and the ecclesiastical Catholical
A disturbing book - for a number of reasons. Of course the subject itself is disturbing as it concerns the Holocaust and the role the Catholic Church (and especially Pope Pius X11) may have played in this. But the author does himself no favours from the point of view of style. This is a book in desperate need of editing. It is extraordinarily repetitive - I believe the genesis of the book was a 25 page essay on the subject and there does not really seem to be much more material than that here th ...more
It is a telling book about the role of the church and its latent anti-semitism before, during, and after the Holocaust. It explores how the church, to this day, has blocked any proper examination of its role and records during that time.
The only problem with the book is that it is repetitive and a burdersome read.
One of those great, Feel-Bad books.
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Daniel Jonah Goldhagen is an American author and former associate professor of political science and social studies at Harvard University. Goldhagen reached international attention and broad criticism as the author of two controversial books about the Holocaust: Hitler's Willing Executioners (1996) and A Moral Reckoning (2002). He is also the author of Worse Than War(2009), which examines the phen ...more
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