On the Controversies around Götz Aly’s Why the Germans? Why the Jews? Cover Image
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Zur Kontroverse um Götz Alys Warum die Deutschen? Warum die Juden?
On the Controversies around Götz Aly’s Why the Germans? Why the Jews?

Author(s): Karsten Dahlmanns
Subject(s): History, Language and Literature Studies, Studies of Literature, Special Historiographies:, German Literature, History of the Holocaust, History of Antisemitism
Published by: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Śląskiego
Keywords: Götz Aly; anti-Semitism; Holocaust; envy; Helmut Schoeck; Thomas Sowell; Sozialdemokratische Partei Deutschlands

Summary/Abstract: Götz Aly’s highly controversial book Why the Germans? Why the Jews? discernsenvy as the root cause of anti-Semitism in Germany before and after World War I: according to Aly, gentile Germans loathed their Jewish neighbours for being better educated, more industrious and, therefore, better-off. This essay presents a critical assessment of both the book and its predominantly negative reviews in the light of the work of the US economist Thomas Sowell and the Austrian sociologist Helmut Schoeck.

  • Issue Year: 2017
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 39-62
  • Page Count: 24
  • Language: German