Warum die Deutschen? Warum die Juden? : Gleichheit, Neid und Rassenhass, 1800-1933 (Book, 2011) [WorldCat.org]
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Warum die Deutschen? Warum die Juden? : Gleichheit, Neid und Rassenhass, 1800-1933

Author: Götz Aly
Publisher: Frankfurt am Main : S. Fischer, 2011.
Edition/Format:   Print book : GermanView all editions and formats
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Queries how it was possible that Germans murdered six million Jews just because they were Jews, and why this aggressive form of antisemitism found adherents among all ranks of the German population. In the 19th century, antisemitism developed aggressive dynamics due to social envy, rivalry, and compulsion for promotion. Mentions the half-hearted emancipation accorded to Jews, and emphasizes Jewish self-emancipation  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Aly, Götz, 1947-
Warum die Deutschen? Warum die Juden?
Frankfurt am Main : S. Fischer, 2011
(OCoLC)763146667
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Götz Aly
ISBN: 9783100004260 3100004264
OCLC Number: 748779163
Description: 351 pages ; 22 cm
Responsibility: Götz Aly.

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Queries how it was possible that Germans murdered six million Jews just because they were Jews, and why this aggressive form of antisemitism found adherents among all ranks of the German population. In the 19th century, antisemitism developed aggressive dynamics due to social envy, rivalry, and compulsion for promotion. Mentions the half-hearted emancipation accorded to Jews, and emphasizes Jewish self-emancipation and aspirations for education, which evoked objections. Discusses, also, the pressure of Jews advancing in German business circles, which led to the rise of various antisemitic organizations. The study of race as a borderline field between biology, medicine, anthropology, and ethnology was introduced; in 1923, academic politicians founded the first Chair of Eugenics at the University of München. The conflagrating antisemitism of the 1920s can be partially explained by the upward mobility of Christian Germans and the popularity of racial research, which supplied arguments for separation between Jews and non-Jews. Concludes that the cardinal sin of envy, a collective German aspiration for happiness and success, modern science, an obsession for equality amongst Germans, and a desire to rule eventually enabled what became the systematic extermination of European Jewry.

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