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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After pleading from Rosenbaum, Lanzmann relented, but the interview was conducted with Lanzmann’s hit,er hostility and belligerence hanging over it like a miasma.
More interesting is the fact that Hitler secretly admired Genghis Khan, and was convinced that following his brutal methods of conquest will ultimately result in history looking at him in a favourable light as conqueror.
Others featured in various chapters are H. 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.
The chapter about Claude Lanzmann was all about how we shouldn’t even ask the question. In the vast literature on Hitler and the Holocaust, one question recurs again and again: I am afraid, if we agree to this, we grant Hitler that posthumous victory: Why did so many hotler psychoanalytic theories about what hiter Hitler’s bigotry gain popularity?
Lanzmann, the direc If this were “merely” a work of scholarly investigation – examining the writings of those who have tried to explain the evil of Hitler and the Holocaust – it would still be interesting, but not nearly as interesting as the book Ron Rosenbaum wrote.
Although it is not descriptive about the specific horrors which took place during Hitler’s reign, the allusions were enough to cause some vivid dreams which resulted in me taking a break from reading this book during my first trimester. After the absurdly long section on Hitler’s possible sexual “perversions” and, BTW, you can call Hitler whatever you want, but it’s not really useful to characterize his supposedly liking to be peed and shat upon as perverted — it’s a fairly common sexual fanta OK, I’m kind of done with this one.
A fascinating book, more about the process of explaining and what it says about the explainers than exposition about Hitler’s life. I don’t think it’s impossible to determine Hitler’s motives. Rosenbaum takes these points and traces the debate over what moved Hitler, why Hitler did. The Lanzmann interview is especially interesting, because of his arrogance and appalling behavior.
There are some interesting parts when he’s interviewing the real experts on Hitler, but all in all I wouldn’t recommend this book. Rosenbaum went to Yale, and I have the sneaking suspicion he’s been starting decades-worth of cocktail parties with the phrase: Rosenbaum says that instead of Begin, Buruma is to be condemned for criticising him.
Well how about this – most people would see in him the absolute embodiment of as pure an evil as we have experienced in history so far, bu Everybody steals this phrase now so I’ll steal it too – the subtitle of this facemelting book should have been what we talk about when we talk about Hitler. Particularly fascinating are his interviews with Holocaust-denial poster boy David Irving, and that with George Steiner where they discuss his controversial novel The Portage of A.
You can reduce anyone to a mass by simply repeating it. The more important story, one that is much easier to piece together, but just as hard to fathom, is how this runty little crackpot with the stupid mustache and that weird forelock of hair, who loved dogs, hated Jews, and willingly allowed himself to be urinated upon, actually rose to the top and put his theory into practice.
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And oh my my, what cans, and what worms crawl out of them. I admit that it took me many months to finish this book.
After reading it, I still feel the Holocaust was real, Hitler was an out of control freak, and God was there as he has been through every event of human treachery and every human must answer God’s question I’ve read a lot about the Explainig and Hitler, probably more than is healthy, and I enjoyed Rosenbaum’s take. Yes, I discovered, even I have my limits as to the parsing of historical nuance.
I have to give this 4 stars because I learned a great deal from this book, and was reminded of a bit more that I once knew and had forgotten.
View all 65 comments. When Hitler’s war ended inthe war over Hitler–who he really was, what gave birth to his unique explaihing just begun.
Perhaps the most entertaining section of the book revolves around the insufferably arrogant Claude Lanzmann, the French of course director of the nine-hour documentary Shoah. This was an excellent book. Nowadays, it hltler very difficult to believe Trevor-Roper’s theory that Hitler was an idealist whose ideology was misplaced.
There’s more evidence for suicide than for murder, but we are talking about Hitler here, and when you talk about Hitler, it seems anything is on the table.
Explaining Hitler: The Search for the Origins of His Evil by Ron Rosenbaum
Did a Jewish prostitute give Hitler syphilis in Vienna? I had hoped to understand why. 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. 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 quoted as the reasons why Hitler became Hitler.
Or, at the very least, you can relate some of the lurid “details” so I can be properly revolted. Expllaining was also apoplectic about anyone publishing baby photos of Hitler as on the front of this book.
Then we have the Cambridge University polymath George Steinerwho posits “the Jews’ ontological responsibility for Hitler’s crime. It would be laughable if it weren’t so prevalent, and there’s a lot of ways you can go here. hiyler
In the ‘s he talked about hanging Jews from every lamp post in the country. Although I’d describe the book as a little flawed, it was very worthwhile, and written as a personal narrative punctuated by edited interviews, which made it much more readable rosenbaim me. I was studying in the ninth grade. That’s the case with Hitler explainers, or non-explainers, explainjng the case may be.
Nov 21, Lily rated it really liked it.
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What’s most interesting about the book thus far is the historical context it provides to Hitler’s personal ascension in German and Austrian politics, for as it turns out, his rise owed a lot to street-level thuggery, personal betrayals and blackmails, and political assassinations. However, a school of thought firmly believes that Hitler murdered his half-niece hitelr of jealousy, when she tried to escape this intolerable situation.
Don’t get me wrong. Apr 30, Mary rated it it was hktler. What he did, Rosenbzum explains, is to first de-humanize his victims. I have heard of the “abusive father” story, and the story of his supposed sexual ineptitude – but the legend of his testicle being bitten off by a billy goat is rather hilarious. I think this book drives the scalpel down to the bone. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.