+612 9045 4394
Ideology of Death : Why the Holocaust Happened in Germany - John Weiss

Ideology of Death

Why the Holocaust Happened in Germany

Paperback Published: 25th September 1997
ISBN: 9781566631747
Number Of Pages: 444

Share This Book:


Ships in 5 to 9 business days

In many nations throughout history, the Jews have been reviled and persecuted, regarded as cunning heretics and destructive social parasites. But only in Germany did racist stereotypes evolve into a popular ideology of such lethal force that it ended in the horror of the death camps. Despite a vast literature about anti-Semitism and the Holocaust, we do not yet understand why the destruction of the Jews was conceived and implemented by the Germans.
Ideology of Death supplies this understanding in a stunning and disturbing narrative history. Exploring the unique nature of the German experience as well as the annals of anti-Semitism, Mr. Weiss rejects the notion that the Holocaust was a product of Nazi fanaticism. He shows instead how racist ideas ingrained in German culture led to the unthinkable.
Tracing the culture of racism and anti-Semitism among powerful elites and ordinary Germans, Mr. Weiss shows how it grew rapidly during the Napoleonic era, became a forceful popular ideology in the 1870s, and in the 1890s gained the dedicated support of the generation that eventually brought Hitler to power. "German Jews became the victims of a uniquely powerful culture of racism," he writes. "Without this historical base, anti-Semitism would not have exploded with such fury after 1918, producing hundreds of thousands of followers whose ideas were no different from those of the Nazis."
Drawing on the latest research, Mr. Weiss describes how the Nazis, building on traditional German anti-Semitism, adjusted their appeal to a wide variety of social groups that were crucial to their electoral success. The Nazis' extraordinary popularity "could not have occurred if Hitler's hatreds were unique," the author points out. Nor could the actions against the Jews, leading to their destruction. Most Germans saw nothing wrong with such actions. Mr. Weiss explains the specific complicities of various German groups and institutions in the Holocaust, and why they voluntarily cooperated with the Nazis.

For many readers this book can safely take the place of an entire history.--Raul Hilberg, author of The Destruction of the European Jews

The Christian Legacyp. 3
Luther and the Reformationp. 20
The Enlightenmentp. 36
The Liberation of the Jews in Francep. 50
The Nationalist Reaction: Germany, 1815-1848p. 64
Anti-Semitism in the Bismarck Erap. 80
The Rise of Populist Anti-Semitismp. 97
Anti-Semitism Among the Elites, 1890-1914p. 112
Anti-Semitism, Academics, and Intellectuals, 1890-1914p. 128
Opposing Anti-Semitismp. 143
Catholic Anti-Semitism in the Austrian Empirep. 156
Racial Nationalism in Austriap. 173
Hitler in Austriap. 191
The Great War and Racismp. 206
The Seedbed: The Postwar Wave of Anti-Semitismp. 222
The Battle for Culturep. 239
Organizing the Nazis, 1924-1930p. 256
Anti-Semitism and the Nazi Votep. 271
Hitler and the Elitesp. 288
Hitler in Powerp. 306
Toward a Racial Empirep. 317
The Ideology of Deathp. 325
Complicitiesp. 342
Resistance, Public Opinion, Knowledgep. 362
Aftermath: Judgment and Innocencep. 380
Notesp. 399
Indexp. 413
Table of Contents provided by Blackwell. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9781566631747
ISBN-10: 1566631742
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 444
Published: 25th September 1997
Publisher: Ivan R Dee, Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.33 x 14.76  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 0.54