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Hitler’s Willing Executioners: Ordinary Germans and the Holocaust BR| DE | ES | FR | IT | NL | PL | SR

“Masterly…One of those rare new works that merit the appellation landmark.” – New York Times

“Time: one of two best non-fiction books of the year”

“National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist”

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (Germany): “The most spectacular nonfiction success of this year”

“The most important book ever published about the Holocaust…Eloquently written, meticulously documented, impassioned…A model of moral and scholarly integrity.” – Philadelphia Inquirer

“This book is not easy for the heart to handle. But it tells what kind of people did the killing and how they could. That makes it very much of use to the living.” – New York Times

“A tremendous contribution to the understanding and teaching of the Holocaust. … Based on remarkable research, Goldhagen’s indictment reveals troubling, perplexing truths.” – Elie Wiesel, Observer (London)

“It is rare for a book to say something stunningly new and powerful on a subject that some of the greatest minds of our time and the last generation have struggled with. People will be reading Hitler’s Willing Executioners for the next fifty years.” – James E. Scott, Yale University

“Tour de Force.” – New York Times Book Review

“Hitler’s Willing Executioners is an original, indeed brilliant contribution to the… literature on the Holocaust.” – New York Review of Books

“Overwhelming and devastating. … It will not be possible to write about the Holocaust without taking into account the findings of this extraordinary book.” – Foreign Affairs

“It will revolutionize Holocaust studies. … His chilling conclusion seems incontrovertible.” – San Francisco Chronicle

“Powerfully marshals previously untouched records to spread brilliant new light on the killers… The sheer power of Goldhagen’s analysis and the weight of his evidence guarantee that this book is bound to shape all future discussions of the Holocaust.” – Detroit Free Press

“Daniel Goldhagen’s astonishing, disturbing, and riveting book, the fruit of phenomenal scholarship and absolute integrity, will permanently change the debate on the Holocaust.” – Simon Schama

“Goldhagen has written a book of extraordinary power and importance that anyone concerned with the Holocaust must read it.” – Dallas Morning News

“Daniel Goldhagen has produced what may well turn out to be the non-fiction book of the year.” – New York Post

“The book is a masterpiece, a must for anyone who wants to understand the persecution and extermination of the Jews in the Third Reich.” – Die Presse (Austria)

“Compels us to rethink out old conceptions… Goldhagen’s case studies of the perpetrators and their motives are more broadly based and more profoundly analyzed than any previous investigations.” – Die Zeit (Germany)

“If you read only one non-fiction work this year, make sure it’s this one.” – Gazette (Montreal)

“Daniel Jonah Goldhagen has written a brilliant book.” – Blätter für Deutsche und International Politik (Germany)

“A monumental achievement. … The force and strength of Goldhagen’s polemic is pulverizing.” – Sunday Times (London)

“It raises anew in an unequivocal manner central questions which had, intentionally or unintentionally, were pushed aside or glossed over by the main body of Holocaust scholarship.” – Haaretz (Israel)

“One of the most important books ever written about the Holocaust.” – Humo (Belgium)


1996/04: New York Times

On My Mind;Some Ordinary Germans

A. M. Rosenthal, former Executive Editor of the New York Times, was moved by Hitler’s Willing Executioners to write: “Twice in my life I have felt that until I wrote about what I had just experienced, I would not be able to bring myself to write about anything else. The first time was in 1958, when I first visited Auschwitz.” nytimes.com

1996/03: New York Times

BOOKS OF THE TIMES;Was Slaughter of Jews Embraced by Germans?

“A basic question posed by students of the Holocaust has to do with the psychology of the ordinary perpetrators of the genocide against the Jews. How, some scholars have asked, did those who carried out the slaughter overcome the moral scruples it would be normal to feel when faced with the annihilation of an entire people, a far-flung people, moreover, that posed no threat to the German homeland.” nytimes.com