Why the Germans? Why the Jews?

Why the Germans? Why the Jews?

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Why did the Holocaust happen in Germany, of all places? How did a country known for its culture and refinement turn so rabidly anti-Semitic? Why did a nation where Jews had full civil rights and many opportunities-a place that Jews had eagerly flocked to in the early twentieth century to escape racist persecution in Poland and Russia-turn upon them so violently just a few decades later? Countless people have grappled with these questions, but few have come up with answers as original and perceptive as those of German historian G tz Aly. Tracing the prehistory of the Holocaust-from the 1800s to the Nazis assumption of power in 1933-Aly shows that German anti-Semitism did not originate with racist ideology or religious animosity, as is often supposed. Instead, through striking statistics and economic analysis, he demonstrates that it was rooted in a more basic emotion- material envy. As Germany made its way through the upheaval of the Industrial Revolution, the largely agrarian, mostly illiterate German majority found itself floundering in the rapidly modernizing world. On the other hand, the urban, well-educated Jewish minority enjoyed great sucshow more

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  • Paperback | 304 pages
  • 154 x 233 x 23mm | 424g
  • Melbourne University Press
  • Carlton, Australia
  • 0522866719
  • 9780522866711

About Götz Aly

G tz Aly is the author of Hitler's Beneficiaries and Into the Tunnel, among other books. One of the most respected historians of the Third Reich and the Holocaust, he has received the National Jewish Book Award, Germany's prestigious Heinrich Mann Prize, and numerous other honors.show more

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