1)The Israeli historian Omer Bartov wrote that to accept Goldhagen's thesis would also have to mean accepting that the entire German Jewish community were "downright stupid" from the mid-19th century onwards because it is otherwise impossible to explain why they chose to remain in Germany if the people were so murderously hostile or why so German Jews wanted to assimilate into an "eliminationist anti-Semitic" culture.
2)Goldhagen's assertion that the almost all Germans "wanted to be genocidal executioners" has been viewed with skepticism by most historians, a skepticism ranging from dismissal as "not valid social science" to a condemnation, in the words of the Israeli historian Yehuda Bauer, as "patent nonsense"....Continua
Definitely a must-read if you have ever wondered "why". This helps explain the other side, and how they were lead to believe what they did and felt.
Thé author has done an outstanding job! You never wear the same look on the Second World War, more specifically on the Shoah. The book explains why and how people thought and acted as they did, not how we should judge them.