Kjetil Hasselberg, give me a visit in the Newspaper 12. February. It came to my article two days earlier that took for themselves the question "Why we should mark The international Holocaustdagen 27. January of each year". Namely; Learning. Hasselbergs article clarifies the need for just this.
His accusation of racism , against me and the Antiracist centre, is so strange that I should leave it alone. Hasselberg is, first and foremost, indignantly, that I reproduce the historian Daniel Goldhagen wrong. I did. I moderated him. This is what Goldhagen himself has said, according to editor Marc Fisher In the Washington Post in 1996:Not even the holocaust was enough to overcome the anti-semitism Debate
"imagine that few, if any, of you believe that those who recently brutalized and slaughtered others in the forms Yugoslavia did not want to do what they did," he began. The same goes for the Hutus in Rwanda and the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia. "The only genocide about which people routinely assert that the killers did not hold the deaths of their victims to be desirable and just is the Holocaust ."
"The vast majority -- not all -- but the vast majority of ordinary Germans in Nazi Germany were prepared to kill Jews ," (my uthevning) he said, because the view of Jews as a powerful, alien, evil force "was the mother's milk ."
I wrote "the majority of germans" instead of "a great the majority of ordinary germans".
timely to point out that I am careful not to believe something, or assert something strongly. I have quoted professor Goldhagen. So when Hasselberg argues that the claim is unscientific, so I can't say too much on it. Other than that the book "Hitler's Willing Executioners: Ordinary Germans and the Holocuast" is based on the hand of the doctoral thesis at Harvard In 1995.Racism from the Antiracist Centre Debate
When Hasselberg type that assertion is stigmatizing for the German people, so I give him right in it. And the German people have also acknowledged this stigma. Goldhagens book helped to give the germans a different understanding and cognition of the story. It serves the German nation to the glory that it is, more than anyone, has taken such a thorough reckoning with their own history. We are slowly, but surely also in the process of doing the same. Goldhagens book created a sensation in Germany. German historians were unusually vociferous and klarspråklige in their denunciations of the book, while the German people took both the man and the book. The people flocked to the meetings with the author, bought the book in the hundreds of thousands and gave him the prices.
Goldhagen turns the hole on a part of myths:
* the Myth that the regular German not knew anything about the Holocaust. the
* the Myth that the murderous anti-semitism was something that can only be attributed to the nazis. the
* That it was just the nazis and SS who killed the jews and not the regular Wehrmacht soldier.
He also went in straight with both banalitetens evil and the banality of evil, and it Milgrameksperimentene shows, namely our disposition to be obedient to authorities. Goldhagen says that the average German did not have to be forced to kill the jews.
Goldhagen goes also in the right with those who are trying to reduce the German anti-semitism to something general, something pan-european or worldwide. Goldhagen states that the German anti-semitism was different than the anti-semitism in other societies. It was a eliminasjonistisk anti-semitism (see quote above), which was part of the German identity. Developed over several centuries. The set is not in the genes, but was a result of the demonisering of jews in the German society throughout history. The charges that jews are in maskopi with the devil and have up with the pigs to be expressed in bl.a. in the Judensau.(jødesvin) There are a total of 27 churches and other buildings in Germany with the Judensaumotiver, in Sweden, there is a in a church in Uppsala. Also this is rather unknown in Norway.
Hasselberg type that you do not fight jødehat with tyskerhat. As if I would mean it. Or bullying with bullying. As if I would believe it also. Hasselberg declares that the germans most do not have or had a distinctive murderous gene. Which I of course neither believes or has written.
Stråmennene be set up on a row.
I on the other hand mean is that the germans today are not responsible for the Holocaust. (90-year-olds today was ten years old when the war started.) The anti-semitism sitting not in genes and go not in the inheritance. It is learned. Why earn the Germany to the honor that the German community has taken a settlement with its own history.the Pop group settles flat after sjokkopptreden
After the merger of East - and West-Germany have also germans from Eastern Germany had part in this settlement. It is possible to unlearn and learn something new. It is also possible to learn from the experiences of others. It is bl.a. what we have schools. Hasselberg accuses me, indirectly, to demonisere the German people. It would have been against everything I have said and written the last ten years. On the contrary, it is important for me to emphasize that it was ordinary people who made the wrong choices, immoral choices, and not gods or demons.
Even if Goldhagen says that it was "the vast majority of ordinary Germans were 'willing executioners' in the Holocaust, so there was also a significant minority that had not hurt in their attitudes. Today a "vast majority" of the German people track of his moral compass, is a light among the nations and an example of good practice for other nations.