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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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.

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Rosenbaum’s insightful questions left me thinking about key issues: The Hitler explainers are haunted by a notional lost safety-deposit box – you know, explaininf one in which reposes the single piece of evidence which will explain everything.

Anyone who wants to understand Hitler, the man, need not consult this book. It won’t help, and will most likely hinder. Rosenbaum was trying to explain Hitler and even put in notes that were in other books about HItler, and how they tried to explain him.

‘Explaining Hitler’: Dangerous to Understand, Dangerous to Ignore

By clicking on “Submit” you agree that you have read and agree to the Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. A document from a forgotten archive, a long lost unpublished memoir, a connection never made. And when I re-read the article it seems even more prevalent than it did back when I first read it. I do not believe in good and evil as absolute constructs, and I am highly sceptical of the concept of free will.

They did not even return them when the few survivors came home. A This book is interesting. I wrote an essay about Chaplin and Benigni, whose triumphalist clowning at the Oscars, dancing not just on the chairs but, metaphorically, on the graves of the dead, I still find disgusting beyond belief.


IMO, this is why people like Lanzmann are so violent – they have glimpsed the beast within, and afraid of its deadly charm. However, in the afterword, he shoots off in tangents and begins attacking all and sundry who do not share his view of Hitler as evil incarnate, and In the out of pages I’ve covered thus far, Rosenbaum distills the existing literature on the topic — and there’s more than I’d ever thought there would be.


Years ago, at a flat-warming party, I was taken to task for having a biography of the religious fundamentalist Ian Paisley – the false assumption being that having a biography of someone means sharing Most of the book focused on explaining Hitler with regard to the Rosenbbaum rather than his politics and war strategy, but this is certainly an important enough question to devote an en A fascinating book, more about the process of explaining and what it says about the explainers than exposition about Hitler’s life.

In the ‘s he talked about hanging Jews from every lamp post in the country.

So that’s interesting – imagine the headline in the Daily Explaoning Blaming Adolf Hitler 3 View all 10 comments. View all 65 comments.

I was disgusted and fascinated at the same time. The first half delves into several topics: I think this book drives the scalpel down to the bone. Hitlers Songbird and the Suicide Register.

Jan 13, Jennifer rated it really liked it. To view it, click here. Most of this book was interesting to me, but there were some parts which made explaibing angry. Claude Lanzmann presents a bracing alternative to all this thrashing about. It was the Hitler within me, the artist of evil. I think his point that Hitler just may be inexplicable is important to emphasize, but shouldn’t Rosenbaum apply his own formula to himself?

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Una lettura raffinata e affascinante, oltre che funzionale a introdursi al mare magnum degli stud Utilissima summa storiografica da cui si evince come su Hitler sia stato scritto tutto e il contrario di tutto. His line of reasoning, says Steiner, is “obscene yet accurate.


Rethinking Hitlers Thought Process. The second one, put forth by David Irving, is one of denial – the Holocaust never happened: Jan explining, Angela Wade rated it liked it Shelves: Or did she kill herself for some other reason?

These are the portions of the book dealing with the alleged Jewish ancestry hjtler the Schicklgruber-Hitler family. He did it because it was evil. His mad grab for world domination and his stubborn refusal to see the writing on the wall are the hallmarks of a deluded individual. Yet his great contribution is that, unlike most Holocaust scholars, he refuses to offer a definitive explanation.

It’s not a handbook for funny mustaches and genocide. Occasionally, the book provides the twisty revelations of a detective novel, and Rosenbaum appears to lean, even as the clues emerge, toward the thinking that rossenbaum darkest truth of Hitler is that the darkness in his soul hktler something we wish were there for that would keep this monster at arm’s length from us.

In his chilling de-humanization explaiing them via the death camps, he attempted to make them sub-human so that he could kill them. The greatest disappointment I had was with the discussion of Hitler’s alleged sexual “deviancy”. Nov 21, Lily rated it really liked it. Rosenbaum does a good job of putting various theories to the test: Rosenbaum delves at length into the courageous writing of the Munich Post explainingg, which for a decade before Hitler became Chancellor shone a spotlight on his violence, thuggery, and terror – having political opponents harrassed, beaten, killed.