'the Good Old Days': The Holocaust as Seen by Its Perpetrators and Bystanders Themes

Ernst Klee
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One of the most peculiar recurrent themes of the documents collected in the book is the apparent opinion that the most-basic problem with the holocaust was its disorganized implementation. Although a few writers or speakers voice horror at the actual fact of mass murder and genocide, far more voice horror over the simple processes used during mass murder and genocide. Especially within official reporting—but also among private statements and letters—there is little or no sense of moral outrage over the deaths of Jews whether these take place a dozen at a time or several hundred thousand at a time. Instead, the tone of most of the documents suggests that State-sponsored and industrialized genocide are simply the way things are and that everyone is complicit in acknowledging that the holocaust should happen and will happen. There are occasional sentiments that...

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