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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Rosenbaum takes these points and traces the debate over what moved Hitler, why Hitler did. This is gripping stuff indeed. The book sold itself to me due to the title and the cover. The Holocaust would not have been possible without Hitler: No, says the researcher, Lanzmann has clearly written, “after Shoahafter his filmcertain things are forbidden.

Louis Micheels, an Auschwitz survivor who is genuinely interested in finding the dosenbaum for the Holocaust, I connected it up with Berel Lang’s frightening theory of evil as an art form. OK, I’m kind of done with this one. Mostly this book dealt with an issue I wasn’t aware was an issue, and that is whether or not Hitler should be explained at all.

Does the why of the Holocaust matter as much as the rosenbxum Well how about this – most people would see in him the absolute embodiment of as pure an evil as we have experienced in history so far, but there’s a remarkable reluctance in modern scholars to agree.

I found similar also to the attitude here on GR thet we are forbidden from making fun of Hitler. It’s part memoir and part travel log; part compendium and part synthesis; part history and part sociology; and partly about a dictator who might have had one ball.

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He must have been appalled! After pleading from Rosenbaum, Lanzmann relented, but the interview was conducted with Lanzmann’s ill-concealed hostility and belligerence hanging over it like a miasma.

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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. Hitler did not kill Jews because he was convinced of his own rectitude: Rosenbaum delves at length into the courageous writing of the Munich Postwhich rowenbaum a decade before Hitler became Chancellor shone a spotlight on his violence, thuggery, and terror – having political opponents harrassed, beaten, killed.

May 06, Matt rated it liked it Shelves: Utilissima summa wxplaining da cui si evince come su Hitler sia stato scritto tutto e il contrario di tutto.

Having those answers wouldn’t solve the Great Mystery.

View all 10 comments. Although Rosenbaum’s prose can be very repetitive, the subject and his provocative and insightful presentation of it held my attention. What he did, Rosenbaum explains, is to first de-humanize his victims. What is particularly frightening about the holocaust to me is that very few non jewish neighbors and friends took a stand against it. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Singling out the Jewish.

Explaining Hitler: The Search for the Origins of His Evil

I do not believe in good and evil as absolute constructs, and I am highly sceptical of the concept of free will. It makes more sense to assume that he used the prevalent antisemitism as a vehicle for his rise to power.

In his opinion, understanding Hitler does not mean reducing him to the ordinary – you should still be able to hate Hitler, even if he is explained. As Rosenbaum lays out here, the fact is that few people think about who Hitler was; you rosennaum, as a person. What Hitler Wants – Soviet Propaganda Compelling this was however I have come away feeling very dirty; it’s all too much for a person to bear.


I have to give this 4 stars because I learned a great deal from this book, and was reminded of a bit more that I once knew and had forgotten. Yet his great contribution is that, unlike most Holocaust scholars, rosenbaym refuses to offer a definitive explanation.

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Open Preview See a Problem? And oh my my, what cans, rosennbaum what worms crawl out sxplaining them. Didn’t see much point in rosennbaum. To attempt to explain Hitler this way is, obviosly, hopelessly reductive. It is not so much enlightening as it is comforting – comforting to know that in some places, people get paid to wear herringbone, drink high balls, and snort contemptuously that you would think that.

One controversy is interesting: What’s most interesting about the book thus far is the historical context it provides to Hitler’s personal ascension in German and Austrian politics, for as it turns out, his rise owed a lot to street-level thuggery, personal betrayals and blackmails, and political assassinations. These can be summarized as: There are actually more sections in the book, but there is some bleed-over, and a few of Rosenbaum’s discussions are actually more digressionary, which is not to say uninteresting.

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If there is an explanation for Hitler, does it excuse him? Where can we start? This was an excellent book.