Why the Germans? Why the Jews?: Envy, Race Hatred, and the Prehistory of the Holocaust
A provocative and insightful analysis that sheds new light on one of the most puzzling and historically unsettling conundrums
Why the Germans? Why the Jews? Countless historians have grappled with these questions, but few have come up with answers as original and insightful as those of maverick German historian Götz Aly. Tracing the prehistory of the Holocaust from the...more
When I wrote him by email to congratulate him on this course, he kindly responded and we have exchanged a few emails since then. He recommended this book to me as one of ...more
Who caused The Jewish World War II Holocaust. The German author of this book author blames the French! Sorry, that is stretching his arguments a lot. If fact, he make the case the Germans started down road to this event because Napoleon's army benefiting from the fruits of the industrial revolution humiliated the various disunified German states. This forced the Germans to rapidly industrialise to match France and England. To quote the author:
"The Industrial Revolution and the ...more
From the late 19th century and early decades of the 20th century, Germany had the greatest degree of assimilation by Jews. Jews had social mobility and held high positions in ...more
A warning from the author that draws from lessons of one of the greatest of tragedies that the modern world witnessed. A stunning account of how we the common people are ...more
The book, by a non-Jewish German author, is about the perplexing question of why the allegedly cultured Germans would be the most vicious in perpetrating the Shoah.
The book teaches that a toxic combination of envy, the unsettled nature of German national identity compared to the very subtle nature of Jewish identity, and relative German underachievement were collectively ...more
And the US Border Patrol must contain many of those people. How else to explain 2,000-plus children torn from their parents? How can "normal" people commit these crimes against humanity?
The author posits that the rising anti-Semitism of the Germans from the 1800s to the Nazis' assumption of power in 1933 was fueled by material envy rather than racist ideology or religious animosity. Why? Because the largely agrarian, mostly illiterate German majority floundered in the rapidly modernizing world driven by the Industrial Revolution, whereas the urban, well-educated Jewish minority adapted much faster to change, often becoming highly successful and solidly middle class. To ...more
|Henry Holt: Has anyone read "Why the Germans? Why the Jews?" by Götz Aly?||1||10||May 21, 2014 07:33AM|
After attending the German School of Journalists, Aly studied history and political science in Berlin. As a journalist, he worked for the taz, the Berliner Zeitung and the FAZ.
Presently, from 2004 to 2005, he is a visiting professor for interdisciplinary Holocaust research at the Fritz Bauer Institut in Frankfurt am Main.