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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Also, he kept the enormity of his crimes secret from the world, as though he wanted no one to know. The Hitler Family Film Noir. The scholars pose the question: How much I wish my memory was as good as it was in the past. Lanzmann, a Jew who never suffered, purports to set himself up as a world authority on dxplaining should think what about the Holocaust: Apr 30, Mary rated it it was ok.

The Jews were a convenient victim, objects of hatred already conveniently available. There is very little structure to the book. This isn’t one of them. Interessanti, per me, le interviste allo storico Yehuda Bauer e al filosofo e teologo Emil Fackenheim riportate nella seconda parte del libro.

The question of why is a powerful question. Rosenbaum’s insightful htiler left me thinking about key issues: According to official reports, Geli committed explainng using Hitler’s gun to shoot herself, because he did not allow her to pursue a musical career in Vienna.

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But Claude Lanzmann goes further even than that, goes deeper to a third level despair—to a revolt against explanation itself, to a personal war against the question Why. After this story, and another sxplaining in which Lanzmann publicly disrespected a Holocaust survivor at a conference, I ex;laining why Rosenbaum used Hitler’s baby photo for his cover; not just because it symbolizes better than any other image the lengths people will go to trying to explain the metamorphosis from innocence to evil, but because the image utterly pissed off Lanzmann, by evoking the mere notion that Hitler ever could have been innocent, guiltless, guileless.


And it’s not condemning the book much to say I found it the most powerful an The book sold itself to me explainint to the title and the cover. I particularly enjoyed Rosenbaum’s accounts of his interviews with leading Hitler historians, especially the hilarious encounter with David Irving.

These can be summarized as: Claude Lanzmann and the War Against. I quote the concluding paragraph of the chapter in full: Did Hitler sincerely believe everything he and his Nazis did was right?

Senza tralasciare la discussione e l’esame critico della vecchia tesi della patologia psichica del dittatore da rintracciare volta in volta nel passato familiare, nel rapporto con la madre, nel presunto sangue ebraico, nella presunta sifilide, o encefalite, nella sua perversione sessuale, etc.

Hitler did not escape the bunker in Berlin but, half a century later, he has managed to escape explanation in ways both frightening and profound. No, says the researcher, Lanzmann has clearly written, “after Shoahafter his filmcertain things are forbidden. This is a passionate, enthralling book that illuminates what Hitler explainers tell us about Hitler, about the explainers, and about ourselves.

Explaining Hitler: The Search for the Origins of His Evil by Ron Rosenbaum

Contents The Baby Pictures and the Abyss. 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.

This was an excellent book. On the way back to his hotel, he called Lanzmann one more time from a bitler. This book also explores every issue, rumor, or theory you may have heard about AH.

This could have expaining a good survey of theories about Hitler, if it had been written by someone else. He denounces Chaplin and Roberto Benigni for making films about the Holocaust that are “feel good”: Rosenbaum isn’t buying it, understandably.

Before I read the book I believed Hitler to be a profoundly evil man and that there would not have been a holocaust without him. He had transformed into that raving lunatic from those Downfall mash-up videos you can find on YouTube. His mad grab for world domination and his stubborn refusal to see the writing on the wall are the hallmarks of a deluded individual. Oct 09, Paul Bryant rated it it was amazing Shelves: Preview — Explaining Hitler by Ron Rosenbaum.


Explainint instead watched as their friends and neighbors were marched off to the death camps and the took over their homes and other property. 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.

The Munich Post focused on Hitler’s criminality; they understood that Hitler was not a criminal politicianbut a political criminal. The book sold itself to me due to the title and the cover.

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This book is interesting. I do not believe in good and evil as absolute constructs, and I am highly sceptical of the concept of free will. Then we have the Cambridge University polymath George Steinerwho posits “the Jews’ ontological responsibility for Hitler’s crime.

But at quite a few stages in the book I felt irritated with Rosenbaum for what seemed like an hypocrisy – the criticism of others for speculation, yet the indulgence in it himself.


However, if true, it will go a long way in explaining Hitler’s unnatural hatred of Jews – like conservative politicians who denounce gays, but are secretly gay themselves. Who exactly is guilty of the label “Untermenschen” then? There was a problem adding your email address.

Apart from the ones quoted above, the story of the single testicle, his Oedipal attachment to his mother, the primal scenes he witnessed in the small apartment where his father may have abused his mother are all ezplaining as the reasons why Hitler became Hitler. To be fair, though, Rosenbaum is a great tour guide. A wonderfully insightful and complex historical book.

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