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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Did Hitler believe his paternal grandmother was seduced by a Jew?

Most of the book focused on explaining Hitler with regard to the Holocaust rather than his politics and rosenbau, strategy, but this is certainly an important enough question to devote an entire book. The image of Hitler that one sees here is not the one of the misguided zealot but that of a Machiavellian political manipulator, who used the disenchantment of the public with the Weimar democracy and the prevalent anti-Semitic sentiment for his own political ends.

I was disgusted and fascinated at the same time. I am not condoning or justifying Hitler – just trying to understand what made him tick.

My library Help Advanced Book Search. You can reduce anyone to a mass by simply repeating it. Often historians are emphatic that Hitler was convinced he was doing GOOD saving the world from a scourge, saving the Aryan race.

This book did not explain Hitler because there really is no explaining of such an individual but it gave so much information and insight not only into Hitler but also into Europe and how something so unspeakable could occur. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Author could have abridged it, I think!


Foreword to the Review This review was posted over a period of 19 days, more like “notes for a review”. A friend sent me this one. Maybe there is a kernel of truth in many of them: A happy ending to a Holocaust movie! Years ago, at a flat-warming party, I was taken to task for having a biography of the religious fundamentalist Ian Paisley – the false assumption being that having a biography of someone means sharing It was clear from as far back as that Hitler had strong antisemitic feelings.

Here, he explores a rather uncommon question: Did Hitler believe what he was doing was right? All in all an incredible read — I haven’t been able to put it down yet. Explaining Hitler is a loose, shaggy, hard-to-pin-down sort of book.

EXPLAINING HITLER by Ron Rosenbaum | Kirkus Reviews

So by negating it, burying it, they try to escape. The writing style sometimes rubbed me the wrong way: He had become so abstract – a collection of lies, myths, conjecture, speculation, and sexual peccadilloes – that he wasn’t a human anymore, or even a demon.

He knew that he was doing evil; he knew that his victims were in fact people. But it can also cause others to feel that they have the be and end all of the question and any other why is wrong. It’s a fresh way to look at things; to examine history not through the eyes of the historical figure, but through the eyes of those writing that figure.


If you do, Lanzmann will shout at you, as he shouted down an actual Holocaust survivor. The fact that Hitler wanted to annihilate the Jews is, sadly enough, not unique.

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Antisemitism was present in Europe centuries before Hitler. Psychohistory is a figleaf for revisionism He goes further than just stating that to explain is the same as to understand is the same as to justify, by stating that justification is the explainers’ unacknowledged intention.

His mad grab for world domination and his stubborn refusal to see the writing on the wall are the hallmarks of a deluded individual. Real evil was to be found in the middle managers of the Holocaust, like Eichmann, who knew they were murdering innocents, but did so for motives such as career advancement. By clicking on “Submit” you agree that you have read and agree to the Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.

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.