Finkelstein's background

Brad De Long delong at econ.Berkeley.EDU
Tue Aug 29 11:24:17 PDT 2000

>Brad De Long wrote:
>> Goldhagen is trying to understand why it was the case during World
>> War II if you took a random German adult or adolescent male, gave him
>> a gun, and had an authority figure tell him to "shoot those jews,"
>> the odds were better than nine out of ten that he would do so.
>And this (not counting the plain sloppy scholarship or lies Justin calls
>attention to) is Goldhagen's most serious offense. The implication
>is that this
>is something that would not happen in *other* nations...

Well put. I think that is the biggest thing wrong with Goldhagen's book--its maximalization of the distance between Hitler's Willing Executioners and, well, us...

Brad DeLong

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