Complicating the Holocaust
We have all had them: students in their first Holocaust course who enter with the easy assumption that the Holocaust happened because Hitler was a madman. And they are not necessarily happy when we complicate the issue for them by talking economics and anti-Semitism and anti-Judaism and ‘ordinary men’ and the risk of resistance. No, they prefer their villains and victims pure.
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