Finkelstein's background

C. G. Estabrook galliher at
Tue Aug 29 11:31:08 PDT 2000

On Tue, 29 Aug 2000, Brad De Long wrote:

> ... I must confess I never figured out what Finkelstein's argument
> was ...

Here are two salient points:

[1] "Finkelstein ... provide[s] a devastating critique of Daniel Goldhagen's simplistic and misleading interpretation of the Holocaust..." (Ian Kershaw, author of *Hitler*); and

[2] "'The most refined shedders of blood,' Dostoyevsky long ago recognized, 'have been almost always the most highly civilized gentlemen,' to whom the official criminal misfits 'could not have held a candle.' Indeed, fixating as it does on the pathologically criminal, *Hitler's Willing Executioners* fails to even grasp, let alone resolve, the central mystery of the Nazi holocaust: how, under particular historical circumstances, ordinary men and women, as well as the 'civilized gentlemen' who lead nations, can commit history's greatest crimes." (Finkelstein in *A Nation on Trial*, p. 100.)

C. G. Estabrook

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