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Hitler's Professors

Hitler's Professors: Second Edition

Max Weinreich
With a new introduction by Martin Gilbert
Copyright Date: 1999
Published by: Yale University Press
Pages: 304
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    Hitler's Professors
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    This classic book examines the role of leading scholars, philosophers, historians, and scientists-in Hitler's rise to power and eventual war of extermination against the Jews. Written in 1946 by one of the greatest scholars of European Jewish history and culture, it is now reissued with a new introduction by the prominent historian Martin Gilbert."Dr. Weinreich's main thesis is that 'German scholarship provided the ideas and techniques that led to and justified unparalleled slaughter.'. . . In its implications and honest presentation of the facts [this book] constitutes the best guide to the nature of Nazi terror that I have read so far."-Hannah Arendt,Commentary"Mr. Weinreich's book, by the wealth of its material and by its intelligent approach, offers the reader-in addition to a thorough treatment of the Jewish aspect-many opportunities to think about the role of scholarship in a totalitarian society."-Hans Kohn,New York Times Book Review"Building, in the immediate aftermath of the war, on a formidable bibliography of books, pamphlets, and articles, Weinreich provides erudite evidence of the scale and ramifications of Nazi support in German intellectual life."-Martin Gilbert, from the introduction

    eISBN: 978-0-300-14409-3
    Subjects: History

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  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-xii)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. 1-4)
  3. Planning and Preparation
    (pp. 5-83)

    This study is a report on the part of German scholarship in Germany’s crimes against the Jewish people.

    In 1939 there were in Europe, including the European part of the Soviet Union, about nine and a half million Jews. About eight and a quarter million fell under Nazi domination. Of these, according to German Secret Police estimates placed before the International Military Tribunal at Nuremberg, four million were killed in the extermination camps while two million more met death in other ways. Attorney General Tom C. Clark, in his letter to the Yiddish Scientific Institute of December 10, 1945, too,...

  4. Large-Scale Experimenting
    (pp. 84-162)

    Barely eight months after Hitler had pronounced his death sentence on European Jewry, the German armies marched and the Campaign of the Eighteen Days was over. The incorporation of western Poland into the Reich and the creation of die "Government General for the Occupied Polish Areas" out of the remainder of the Polish state that had fallen to Germany were carried out too smoothly to have been the product of improvisation; the existence of a plan was obvious even before incontrovertible evidence to this effect was introduced at the Nuremberg trial. What had not been prepared beforehand was swiftly added....

  5. Execution of the Program
    (pp. 163-242)

    Let us conceive of the situation as it presented itself in the minds of the Germans ever since die Allied landings in North Africa, and particularly since the intensification of the Anglo-American air attacks, which coincided with the German disaster of Stalingrad. The multifront war, feared above anything else since Bismarck’s times and frequently dismissed by Hitler as a dread he would never allow to materialize, had become a reality. From the South and the East and the West the enemies were moving ever closer to Germany’s sacred frontiers, and in spite of all sacrifices, of all delaying movements, nothing...

    (pp. 243-260)

    der internationale Judel Ich wãre kein Nationalsozialist mehr gewesen, wenn ich mich von dieser Erkenntnis je entfernt hätte. Wir haben seine Spuren verfolgt durch so viele Jahre, wir haben wohl in diesem Reich zum erstenmal planmäßig wissenschaftlich dieses Problem und Phänomen der Menschheit geklärt

    Die Arbeit des Instituts fühlt sich sowohl der methodisch kritischen Richtung, die in der deutschen Wissenschaft in den letzten hundert Jahren entwickelt worden ist und den Ruf Deutschlands in der Welt erhöht hat, wie der großen zusammenfassenden Darstellungskraft der besten und begnadetsten unter den deutschen Gelehrten verpflichtet, dem Geist der Gründlichkeit und Wahrhaftigkeit ebenso wie dem...

    (pp. 261-287)
    (pp. 288-291)