EXPLAINING HITLER The Search for the Origins of His Evil By Ron Rosenbaum pages. Random House. $<. Explaining Hitler has ratings and 69 reviews. Ron Rosenbaum Explaining Hitler is an extraordinary quest, an expedition into the war zone of Hitler. In the journalist Ron Rosenbaum published Explaining Hitler. Contrary to what the title might suggest, it is not an explanation of Hitler, per.
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Explainin a book about Hitler on your bookshelf is, in the same vein, problematic and so much more so given the growth of neo-fascism and holocaust denial Worldwide. This time Lanzmann answered, and was annoyed at Rosenbaum, insisting not only that he’d been in the building the whole time, but that he’d given Rosenbaum the access codes for the building’s security keypad.
The Real Story on the History Channel my choice. Bath-time with extra dollops of soap. Anyone interested explaoning modern history and philosphy. PaperbackReprintpages. When Hitler’s war ended inthe war over Hitler–who he really was, what gave birth to his unique evil–had just begun.
This is When Hitler’s war ended inthe war over Hitler–who he really was, what gave birth to his unique evil–had just begun. There is a lot of biographical information about Hitler and a little bit of general explainimg for those interested.
EXPLAINING HITLER by Ron Rosenbaum | Kirkus Reviews
There were numerous explanations rosenbbaum out in the book but the book and I discount them as giving excuse to the horrendous actions he lead. With the exception of Daniel Jonah Goldhagen, I hadn’t heard of most of these people, and by this point in the book, I was tired of the esoterica.
Return to Book Page. More interesting is the fact that Hitler secretly admired Genghis Khan, and was convinced that following his brutal methods of conquest will ultimately result in history looking at him in a favourable light as conqueror. Jun 06, Russ rated it really liked it.
Explaining Hitler: The Search for the Origins of His Evil by Ron Rosenbaum
Lanzmann, the direc If this were “merely” a work of scholarly investigation – examining the writings of those who have tried to explain the evil of Hitler and the Holocaust – it would still be interesting, but not nearly as interesting as the book Ron Rosenbaum wrote. Psychohistory is explakning figleaf for revisionism He goes further than just stating that to explain is the same as to understand is the same as to justify, by stating that justification is the explainers’ unacknowledged intention.
There is the historian Yehuda Bauer, who believes Hitler is explainable in principle, though may not be in practice due to lack of historical data – however, he dismisses the idea of God unless as an evil entity who willed the Explaininng or as a weak figure who is powerless to stop it.
Why did so many nonsensical psychoanalytic theories about what triggered Hitler’s bigotry gain popularity? What does finding Hitler inexplicable say about Rosenbaum?
Don’t get me wrong. Was Hitler missing a testicle? Hitler was not an embittered man, firing like a loose cannon.
This is the most presumptuous attempt at a biography I have ever read. There is no pat explanation, but learning about nitler is never a bad idea.
It’s more like the Larry King show in print. Nov 04, Chris rated it really liked it Shelves: He tapped into explaininng convenient source and drew power hitlsr it. After the absurdly long section on Hitler’s possible sexual “perversions” and, BTW, you can call Hitler whatever you want, but it’s not really useful to characterize his supposedly liking to be peed and shat upon as perverted — it’s a fairly common sexual fantasyhis rumored-to-be-illicit relationship with his half-niece and her suicide, and the unproven claim that he only had one testicle.
Skimmed the last third of it since it was a hard slog to get through. Rosenbaum’s book, though is worth any embarassment its presence on your bookshelf may cause.
Jul 12, Keith rated it liked it Shelves: If this were “merely” a work of scholarly investigation – examining the writings of those who have tried to explain the evil of Hitler and the Holocaust – it would still be interesting, but not nearly as interesting as the book Ron Rosenbaum wrote.
And since I’ve heard criticisms of those theorists that leave me wondering about explainibg use of this book.
Explaining Hitler: The Search for the Origins of His Evil
My favorite sections were the chapter on the Munich Post and the chapters recounting encounters with and between Claude Lanzmann and Louis Micheels. These are all fascinating hhitler the evidence and history incidentally brought to bear to support by the explainers or examine by Rosenbaum their logic is highly informative.
Who exactly was this Hitler f I’m halfway through this book; of course, from the title you’d expect this to be a riotous laugh-fest, but alas, it’s arduous tramping through these dark and tortuous stretches of text. Bitler did not even return explainong when the few survivors came home.
The Munich Post focused on Hitler’s criminality; they understood that Hitler was not a criminal politicianbut a political criminal. I once talked to a client who claimed to be a timeless angel who had swallowed the sun and spit out the Eiffel Tower of all places. I wanted more at the end of the book, a more comprehensive summative statement. Hitler did not kill Jews because he was convinced of his own rectitude: One controversy is interesting: The reservations expressed by some explainers are very easy to identify with don’t dignify the man with judgements of political genius, – or don’t attempt to explain him and his actions at all, as to understand Hitler is to bring him closer to common humanity, which means we all have the potential for evil, and we can’t face that.
Rosenbaum recognizes that people discuss Hitler as a way to discuss a wide range of issues meaningful to them today–the nature of evil, human nature, agency and responsibility, etc.