Wednesday, March 16, 2005

Hitler Demoted

The existing Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum in Jerusalem has been given a post-modern revisionist makeover (The Holocaust at Human Scale -- New Museum in Jerusalem Reflects Change in Israelis' Perspective on Tragedy -- By Molly Moore, Washington Post Foreign Service, Wednesday, March 16, 2005; Page A16 http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A36823-2005Mar15.html). Taking an (unacknowledged) cue from Daniel Goldhagen's 1997 book Hitler's Willing Executioners: Ordinary Germans and the Holocaust, the museum now emphasizes the role played by large numbers of bureaucrats rather than just the Nazi leadership in fomenting the European Jewish Holocaust. This quasi-Marxist tactic (class analysis) is, of course, common in leftist circles (and the academic Holocaust memorial establishment is most certainly leftist in politics). Says Dan Michman, chief historian at the Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum: "Forty or fifty years ago, we tended to put the emphasis on Hitler as being a grand architect who designed everything and gave orders," said historian Michman. "We now know he was important, but he only set the framework. The collaboration of many spheres in the bureaucracy and among the German and European population was the major reason why so many people could have been exterminated."

God help us all.

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