Date:         Wed, 10 Apr 1996 20:57:44 -0500
Reply-To:     H-NET List on German History 
Sender:       H-NET List on German History 
From:         H-GERMAN EDITOR Dan Rogers 
Subject:      Goldhagen's _Hitler's Willing Executioners_

Submitted by:   Abraham J. Peck 

I would very much agree with Shelly Baranowski's views on the weaknesses
of the Goldhagen argument and their reflection of the race versus class
discussions of the past decade or so. I would add, however, that although
antisemitism was not a defining characteristic of the Wilhelmine era, the
rise of the voelkisch movement and the triumph of the "conservative
revolution," which intensified during the last years of World War I, could
not have achieved its successes without playing the race and antisemitic
cards.

Abraham J. Peck
Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion
Cincinnati, Ohio