Over two years after the appearance of Hitler’s Willing Executioners,
very little can be heard about the so-called Goldhagen Debate in
Germany: no more scholarly reviews, at most a few echoes here and
there. Over two hundred thousand copies of the book were sold,
and it was certainly read almost as many times. But it does not
appear in the syllabi of university courses on the Holocaust, except
perhaps in those that cover historiographical debates. In the German
edition of Saul Friedländer’s new book, Nazi Germany and the Jews,
Daniel Goldhagen does not rate a mention, except for a three line
footnote on page 420 in which his theory is described as “unconvincing
on the basis of the materials presented as part of the study.”2
Goldhagen’s book, one can confidently predict, will not play a role
in future Holocaust research.
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